Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club Annual Show & Sale
The 36th annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall. The free event offers attendees a complimentary orchid boutonniere corsage—while they last.
This year’s theme, “Conservation of Orchids Through Creativity,” illustrates how to display orchids using recycled materials and features an unusual origami display of endangered North American orchids. Taiko drumming will be performed at 10 a.m.
The unique “orchid-gami” exhibit, by club historian Carol Zakahi, features 25 varieties of orchids and is in collaboration with the North American Orchid Conservation Center and the United States Botanic Garden, both under the umbrella of the Smithsonian Institution and its Environmental Research Center. Attendees will be able to purchase “punch-out” orchid-gami kits for $1 each and a limited number of free bookmarks picturing these orchids will be distributed.
Enjoy an elaborate and colorful display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome.
Got growing questions? Veteran members staff a Question and Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. The club boasts long-time members who have been growing orchids at different Kona elevations, Waimea and South Point.
The event offers an outdoor sale of high-quality orchid species and hybrids grown by club members and select Big Isle commercial growers. Club members will sell home-baked cookies and drinks, and membership info will be available.
The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai‘i’s oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall on Highway 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. Get club updates online.