Windward Orchid Society’s NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING is scheduled for Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the
King Intermediate School Cafeteria
SPEAKER FOR THE MONTH: Walter Hiraishi
His topic will be Repotting My Way
He will show us how, by using driftwood, hapu, wood and rocks, we can grow orchids easily. These epiphytes get their moisture and nutrients from the air and don't really like to be bound up in pots. He will be providing us with samples, prepared with holes for hanging!
A little bit about Walter:
Walter was a secondary science teacher at Waimea Intermediate and Castle High Schools. He was also the science resource teacher for the Windward District and State Office focusing on environmental education.
Walter's avocation has always been PLANTS! Be it orchids, bromeliads, anthuriums, tilandsias, hanging baskets, terrariums etc. He has grown them at one time or another. The Hiraishi plant business is named Walby.
In the 1970s, he joined Windward Orchid Society to acquire knowledge and information relating to the culture of orchids and met many orchids enthusiasts who shared his love of orchids. He learned much from his orchids "mentors", Johnny Noa, Roy Fukumura, and Ted Sumida among others. Walter's original favorite type of orchids was the vandas and ascocenda. Today his focus is on intergenerics or oncidiae. Walter hybridized miltonias in the past which had been awarded HCC/AOS awards. He cloned the following plants which received awards: Miltonia Sandy Cove,’Walby’ HCC/AOS , Rhv. Vanda Herbert Kurihara, ‘Walby’ AM/AOS, and Hawaiiana Red Velvet, ’Walby’AM/AOS.