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Deadline nears for palm society auctions, dinner tickets

The reservation deadline is Jan. 27 for the Hawaii Island Palm Society’s annual rare palm auctions, barbecue dinner and membership meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 3 at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale in Hilo.

Always festive, HIPS added the marimba musical ensemble Kunzwanana to entertain, and the Nature Conservancy will give a presentation about its efforts to protect and propagate the native Pritchardia (aka lulu) palm on Hawaii Island.

A barbecue dinner will be served between an extensive silent and a lively rare palm auctions.

Organizers invite the community to this opportunity to socialize with other palm enthusiasts and obtain new palms for your garden. The cost is $16 for members, $18 for nonmembers. No tickets will be sold at the event. Anyone can become a member of the Palm Society for $15 per year.

The Hawaii Island Palm Society is made up of people who simply love palms and strive to promote their use in private gardens and general landscape. As an affiliate of the International Palm Society, it is the club’s goal to perpetuate rare and endangered palms worldwide through the sharing of seeds and plants.

The volunteer organization is celebrating its 43rd anniversary this year and continues to prosper with more than 280 memberships. Tours of private palm gardens each summer are one of the highlights on the club’s yearly calendar.

HIPS also is involved in the planning, planting and maintaining of the palm tree collection at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens in Hilo. In 2016, the society added new signage to identify more than 100 species of palms at the zoo.

For tickets to the dinner and more information, call Bob Gibbens at 333-5626 or visit


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