Konishi is grand champion

April 8, 2017 GMT

HANAPEPE — Yellow was Barbara Prigge’s color of choice Friday when the Garden Island Orchid Society opened the doors to its annual Spring Fantasy orchid show and sale at the Hanapepe United Church of Christ social hall.

“I already have a ribbon,” Prigge said. “This year, I brought yellow. A yellow cattleya orchid, a yellow epidendrum. There aren’t that many yellow specimen so that was the color.”

Another yellow, an oncidium, displayed numerous blue ribbons before being deemed a grand champion.

The specimen submitted by Mildred Konishi, one of several GIOS members helping set up for the opening, also garnered best flowering specimen and best hybrid honors.

Themed “April Showers — It’s Raining Cats and Dens,” the show set up in the social hall produced a wide range of orchid varieties with vendors offering plants, many in full bloom, for sale.

“The recent weather spell we had must have been good for orchids,” said Al Sugano, a grower and winner of several blue ribbons. “Some of the specimens I didn’t think were going to do well are thriving. It must have been the recent weather.”

Nancy Nakama, a category winner with her dendrobium specimen, is also helping coordinate the Mother’s Day sale for the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary which will be held May 12 and feature orchids from herself as well as Gwen Teragawa, who busy readying baked goods and plate lunches for sale.

The Spring Fantasy show continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today with an array of orchids, food booth with plate lunches and baked goods, and a craft booth with orchid-themed items and the GIOS cookbook.

Dennis Olivas will be offering advice and demonstrations on orchid care.