Conservation and propagation hot topics in Hawaii

Kyle and Diane McWhirter meditate under the canopy of a giant blue marble tree growing at the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary in Kaloko Mauka. The seed is used for making Hindu and Buddhist prayer beads. (Voltaire Moise/Courtesy Photo)

Last week was a big gathering of conservation folks at the 25th annual Hawaii Conservation Conference on Oahu. It is now followed by the International Plant Propagators Society meeting in Honolulu. From Tuesday to Aug. 4, the society will be on Hawaii Island at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel and will be visiting local nurseries and gardens. The focus will be propagation of our native plants as well as well as unique non-native species. If you are interested in getting involved in the presentations and tours, you may check out the IPPS website for details.