What would Hawaii be without palms

  • These spectacular loulu palms once covered our islands. Without our assistance they could become extinct. The International Palm Society will meet here in October to assure this genus will survive. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

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. From Oct. 10 to 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, Brasil, 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.