Hilo Orchid Show on Hawaii Island

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Hilo Orchid Show on Hawaii Island


The Hilo orchid show is one of the largest orchid shows in the entire state and is also the major fundraising event for the Hilo Orchid Society in East Hawaii. There are many orchid growers, enthusiasts and collectors from Hawaii Island that take part with displays, booths and competition with this elaborate show. Whether you are an orchid collector or just an admirer of these colorful and exotic plants, the orchid show is always a must see experience when visiting Hawaii Island.

Organized by the Hilo Orchid society this event has run for over 60 years and draws a very large local and international crowd from North American, Asia and even Europe. The Hilo Orchid show is supported by many of the islands orchid growers and plant collectors and the myriad of exciting flowering plants and new hybrids that are shown for the first time is part of the attraction of this event.  Each year a themed topic creates lavish and elaborate displays filled with orchids of every major Orchidaceae family to include: Cattleyas, Vanda, miltonia, Dendrobium, Oncidiinae, Phalaenopsis and Cymbidiums.


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 Hilo Orchid show gallery of images

As you see in the presentation below, there are so many varieties of orchids on display and available for sale at the show.  Many of the orchids included sweetly scented varieties, small miniatures, large spiked flower displays and every genus of orchid that were blooming for the show.


Below is a gallery presentation of images of some of the beautiful orchids and rare species shown at the event. Click on any image to activate the slide presentation.


Music at the orchid show

This is the third season that I have performed with the Puna Men’s chorus at the Hilo Orchid show, here’s one of the songs that we performed, it’s a spiritual Hawaiian song and I’m singing the short introductory part at the start, enjoy.


It seems like every year the Hilo Orchid Show on Hawaii gets better each time and the displays are outstanding. If you are interested in learning more about floral photography, please take a look this posts on taking better flower and nature images.

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12 Responses to Hilo Orchid Show on Hawaii Island

  1. Monique Marchand-Arvier August 22, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Gorgeous orchids! This is great!

  2. Christine August 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Gorgeous flowers! They are some of my favorites….Christine

  3. Dylan August 10, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Great pics Noel. Nothing like spending a day photographing flowers, they always make for a beautiful subject.

  4. Gunilla August 9, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    Gorgeous orchids! All the different colours and shapes are amazing.

  5. Birgitta August 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    What a color explosion! Stunning photos!

  6. Stephanie August 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Stunning photos! It’s so easy to take orchids for granted when living on the Big Island, but they are such a spectacular surprise when one blooms unexpectedly.

  7. Freya Renders August 9, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    What wonderful colors! I’m partial to cattleyas myself. Wish there’s something like that where I am now.

  8. Irene August 9, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    I love orchids and these are stunning! Are they grown all year or seasonally?

    • Noel August 9, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      these are grown year round Irene and mostly outdoors in trees or in the ground

  9. Jennifer August 9, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    I love orchids! Looks like a beautiful festival!

  10. foodiesleuth August 9, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Absolutely stunning photos, Noel…and great singing!

    • Noel August 9, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      Thanks Sonia,

      It was a fun event to sing in as usual, but the orchids were definitely the highlight!

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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