Group: Orchid Isle needs more visible orchids

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Ellen Train places orchids on a cart before distributing them to members of the Hilo Orchid Society outside the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on Wednesday. Train said there were 300 orchids to place around the area.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Carey Wost, left, hands Karl Mendonca a orchid to place on a tree outside the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on Wednesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Hilo Hawaiian groundskeeping crew Kamalei Cruz, left, and Donald Colon tie orchids to a tree outside the hotel on Wednesday. Lise Dowd and Steve Forman from the Hilo Orchid Society were instructing the hotel's groundskeeping crew on how to place orchids and how to care for them.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Karl Mendonca ties an orchid to a tree outside the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel with other members of the Hilo Orchid Society on Wednesday. The group is placing orchids in public places to increase the presence of the flowers on the Orchid Isle.

Members of the Hilo Orchid Society are working to help Hawaii Island live up to its nickname as the Orchid Isle.