Tropical Gardening: What would Hawaii be without palms?

  • Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise These spectacular Loulu palms once covered our islands. Without our assistance they could become extinct.

Hawaii is famous throughout the world for its beauty, friendly people and for the varied climate that is ideal for almost all the palms on the planet. This Oct. 10-19, the International Palm Society is celebrating its 32nd biennial meeting here. Every two years, members from all over the world meet to learn about this amazing family of plants. They meet in such exotic places as Thailand, Brazil, Madagascar and New Caledonia. This year they will focus on the rare endemic genus Pritchardia. To get involved in this year’s events, go to the IPS website, palms.org for details.