The Big Island of Hawaii, the State's largest island, is also called "Orchid Isle." Perhaps due to the mineral rich volcanic soil of the island orchid farms, including the largest in the State, abound on the Big Island, especially on the island's east (Hilo) side.
Every year, the Hilo Orchid Society puts up a long-awaited and well-attended exhibit of the flowers grown by its members. I went to the exhibit held two weeks ago and took the following pictures.
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- By ARIEL MURPHY