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Kenoi proclaims ‘Orchid Week’ (Aug. 1-7)

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Mayor Billy Kenoi has issued a proclamation naming the first week of August as “Orchid Week” in recognition of the value orchids have to the people, culture, and economy of the County of Hawaii.

Kenoi explained Hawaii Island is known as the Orchid Island, and that “the orchid industry … spreads aloha throughout the world.”

In the proclamation, the mayor encourages people “to enjoy the 60th Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and the beauty of the many varieties of orchids grown on Hawaii Island” over the weekend of Aug. 3-5.

This is the largest orchid show in the state, and is sanctioned by the American Orchid Society. The orchids will be judged by American Orchid Society accredited orchid judges. Ribbon judging of the orchid plants will also be conducted by the Hilo Orchid Society members.

The show takes place 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Edith Kanakaole Stadium in Hilo.

Daily admission is a $5 donation, with keiki ages 12 and under admitted free. For more information, call (808) 333-1852 or visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org

PROCLAMATION

Whereas, Hawaii Island is known as the Orchid Island; and
Whereas, the appreciation of orchids is broadly based in Hawaii; and
Whereas, education about the cultivation and culture of orchids continues to expand here on Hawaii Island; and
Whereas, the production of orchids is an important part of our economy, both in local potted plant sales, cut flowers, and as a major export; and
Whereas, Hawaii Island’s orchid exports account for more than 80 percent of all orchid plants and flowers shipped from the State of Hawaii and
Whereas, the orchid industry creates jobs and income, and spreads Aloha throughout the world; and
Whereas, the Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show attracts visitors each year from across the state, the mainland and overseas; and
Whereas, the 60th Annual Orchid Show, whose theme is “Islands of Orchids,” will be held Aug. 3-5, 2012 at the Edith Kanakaole Multi-Purpose Stadium,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BILLY KENOI, Mayor of the County of Hawaii, do hereby proclaim the first week of August, 2012, which includes the weekend of Aug. 3-5, 2012 as

ORCHID WEEK

In the County of Hawaii and encourage our people to enjoy the 60th Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and the beauty of the many varieties of orchids grown on Hawaii Island.

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