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Mandrew968

Happy New Year Palmtalk!  I am posting to give everyone a heads up on the 2022 Biennial.

Who: IPS members only and due to logistics, max 150 people. 

What: the IPS Biennial Hawaii 2022

When: October 9th through the 15th of 2022. 

Where: Oahu and Hilo with pre and post tours planned for Maui and Kaua'i. Special notables include Lyon Arboretum, Foster Botanical, Floribunda and Leilani Estates and more.

Why: because it's Hawaii and we love super palmy places!

More details to come but if you plan on making it, save the date, and check in, below!

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Kim

I expect to participate. But it's kinda cheating since I live there part time. Would love to see some IPS folks come see the extreme palminess of the islands. You won't be disappointed.

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colin Peters

I have been to Lyon hundreds of times over the past 25 yrs, I know where lots and lots of hidden gems are. Would love to help show some of them, if 

there is not another guide available.  It has to be one of the best collections of palms on the planet, Thanks to Ray Baker. 

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Barry

Planning on being there, 1st Biennial and 1st time to Hawaii! Should be phenomenal, seeing Floribunda in person should be epic. I will have to research the sites mentioned.

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colin Peters

I also would be willing to take anyone to see Pritchardia kahukuensis, and/or Pritchardia bakeri in habitat.  The Kahuku trail is more doable there is only one

P. kahukuensis that I have found and many P. marti.  P. bakeri in our valley is a serious hike, but worth it. There are P. marti up there as well . aloha

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Cindy Adair

I will be there! Thanks to all planning this adventure.

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Aqualight3

Hi All!  I am not new to IPS, nor being a reader of Palmtalk, but I am new to being part of the chat.  I am very interested in joining the Biennial in Hawaii.  Has registration opened yet?  Would a spouse need to be an IPS member as well?  Thank you!!!

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Cindy Adair

Hi Aqualight3! Registration is not yet open, but I understand it will start in the next couple of months. 

As to membership requirements I will leave that to the IPS Biennial committee to clarify. 


I am glad you are interested in attending. I have loved every trip with the IPS.

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Aqualight3

Thank you for responding, Cindy!  The trip sounds like a palm lovers dream come true!  :)

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Mandrew968
On 1/14/2022 at 9:42 AM, Aqualight3 said:

Thank you for responding, Cindy!  The trip sounds like a palm lovers dream come true!  :)

As long as you are an IPS member,  you can sign up and bring whoever you wish. And if you like palms, I think this trip will be insane. If all goes according to plan, registration will start march 1st. 

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WaianaeCrider

No excuse for me not to come.  Enjoyed the last time everyone was here in the islands.

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Brad52

I used to live walking distance from Lyon arboretum, it is an amazing place, I flew to O'ahu for a job interview in 1993 and visited Lyon, it sealed the deal and I took the job!

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Lowey

This would be a truly amazing experience, I know a few Australians who would love to attend, hopefully we will be there. :)   

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palmhort

I know its early for this but my partner is NOT a plant person at all but is interested in going to Hawaii for the Scuba Diving.  Does anyone know if scuba diving will be an option at the resort(s) we stay at while we go Palm gazing during the day?  Perhaps other spouses that are not plant people may be interested as well?  Thanks.

Jeff

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Cindy Adair
On 1/18/2022 at 11:01 PM, Lowey said:

This would be a truly amazing experience, I know a few Australians who would love to attend, hopefully we will be there. :)   

A Biennial wouldn’t be the same without a big Aussie contingent!

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Mandrew968

I have been discussing this with many of my friends and fellow board members and we are expecting this event to sell out very quickly. Unfortunately, due to island restrictions and logistics, we are capped at 150 attendees. If you want to see some of the most palmy gardens in the world, with some of the premiere palm experts and aficionados, make those arrangements-can't wait to see you there!

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Keith N Tampa (ex SoJax)

I'm considering the trip too.  It's hard to imagine a gathering like this at this time...with this damn virus running rampant.  

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Kim
On 1/20/2022 at 2:45 PM, palmhort said:

I know its early for this but my partner is NOT a plant person at all but is interested in going to Hawaii for the Scuba Diving.  Does anyone know if scuba diving will be an option at the resort(s) we stay at while we go Palm gazing during the day?  Perhaps other spouses that are not plant people may be interested as well?  Thanks.

Jeff

Hi Jeff, I am not part of the planning, and don't know which hotels will be booked -- but during the stay on Oahu your partner might individually, or with another dive enthusiast in the group, book a boat trip to do some wreck dives off Honolulu. On the Big Island portion, I believe the itinerary sticks to the east side, but the best diving is on the west side. If your partner can rent a car and drive to the Kailua-Kona area, there are many dive operators. I've gone with Jack's Dive Locker a few times. One of the most exciting dives is the night dive to see manta rays up close -- truly mind blowing.

Get a glimpse of Hawaii Island underwater life with this live webcam: 

At the moment the glass dome over the camera needs a good cleaning! (algae) But stick around, the camera rotates to several viewpoints. The location is south of the Kona airport in about 30 ft. of water. I have seen several kinds of shark, spotted eagle rays, moray eels,  infinite patterns of butterfly fish, iridescent turquoise parrotfish, the rare manta cruising through, turtles, and in a rare instance, dolphins on the live screen. Sometimes this time of year you can hear humpback whales singing in the distance. Enjoy!

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Mandrew968

For those who would like to do ocean activities,  the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel has amazing snorkeling right from the hotel. Also, there is a free day and another half day for more swimming opportunities. Lastly, the pre and post tour has an option for Molokai crater. Hope this helps!

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Dypsisdean

Flights between the islands are plentiful and not that expensive. And hotels and B&Bs are many.

So - as long as you are coming, there is no reason not to come early or stay late a few days and enjoy some of the other sights and activities these islands have to offer.

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Mandrew968
1 hour ago, Dypsisdean said:

Flights between the islands are plentiful and not that expensive. And hotels and B&Bs are many.

So - as long as you are coming, there is no reason not to come early or stay late a few days and enjoy some of the other sights and activities these islands have to offer.

I'm coming to see ya, buddy!

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Dypsisdean
On 1/22/2022 at 12:47 PM, Mandrew968 said:

I'm coming to see ya, buddy!

Looking forward to it.

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SHEP

John and I are in.  Cecile

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Elvis Cruz

Andrew, count me in!

Ken's House of Pancakes, here I come!

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Cindy Adair

I love the webcam Kim! Thanks!

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yachtingone

This will be my first Biennial!  I am looking forward to seeing people I haven't seen in a while!!!

 

 

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Mark@PalmBeach

While Hawaii I am sure will be fantastic, it was disappointing that the Reunion Islands trip had to be scrubbed. Will that be revisited for a future Biennial along with post trips to Madagascar? 

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SubTropicRay
15 hours ago, Mark@PalmBeach said:

While Hawaii I am sure will be fantastic, it was disappointing that the Reunion Islands trip had to be scrubbed. Will that be revisited for a future Biennial along with post trips to Madagascar? 

Mark, the Reunion Biennial was unfortunately already a failure before the pandemic.  COVID just made bad worse.  The lack of registrants (primarily because of cost) makes revisiting that option very unlikely.

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JasonD
On 1/12/2022 at 6:11 PM, colin Peters said:

I also would be willing to take anyone to see Pritchardia kahukuensis, and/or Pritchardia bakeri in habitat.  The Kahuku trail is more doable there is only one

P. kahukuensis that I have found and many P. marti.  P. bakeri in our valley is a serious hike, but worth it. There are P. marti up there as well . aloha

Very interested! -Jason

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Darold Petty
On 1/30/2022 at 7:42 AM, Elvis Cruz said:

 

Ken's House of Pancakes, here I come!

Keiki loco moco, spam, over easy with black coffee  !!!!!!!!! 

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Barry
On 1/10/2022 at 1:59 PM, Mandrew968 said:

Happy New Year Palmtalk!  I am posting to give everyone a heads up on the 2022 Biennial.

Who: IPS members only and due to logistics, max 150 people. 

What: the IPS Biennial Hawaii 2022

When: October 9th through the 15th of 2022. 

Where: Oahu and Hilo with pre and post tours planned for Maui and Kaua'i. Special notables include Lyon Arboretum, Foster Botanical, Floribunda and Leilani Estates and more.

Why: because it's Hawaii and we love super palmy places!

More details to come but if you plan on making it, save the date, and check in, below!

Andrew, 

We are anxious for more details, when can you share more? Like to have time to decide on pre and post options. Really excited to make this trip!

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John Batterham

Barb and I are looking forward to visiting Hawaii for our first time. Fingers crossed after Covid-19 scuppered our being able to get to the 2020 Biennial in Reunion.

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PalmMom007

Corey and I are definitely considering the trip and trying to work out logistics. Would be amazing to finally meet some of you face to face and we have both never been to Hawaii! 

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Jeff Searle
9 hours ago, PalmMom007 said:

Corey and I are definitely considering the trip and trying to work out logistics. Would be amazing to finally meet some of you face to face and we have both never been to Hawaii! 

Andrea and I have been on many. Dating back to 1992 I think was my first one.  We did attend the the last one in Hawaii back in 2004. These are well planned trips and a once in a lifetime chance to see some of the best private collections and Botanical Gardens these two islands have to offer. Would LOVE to FLY FIRST CLASS!!! Lol....

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Cindy Adair

I heard from our IPS president Robert Blenker yesterday that he is still hard at work trying to negotiate contracts for lodging and transportation to give us the best value.


We all know that HI is not a third world country like some of our past bargain travel plus inflation and all the COVID challenges.

Last time I checked airfare from Puerto Rico was not outrageously priced so that’s a plus.

So I still have no information at all regarding final numbers, but am determined to go.

For me life’s too short to miss the chance for more forever memories.

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frank_10b

There are some amazing private gardens and collections  including one I heard that was just spared by the 2018 eruption.  
Any of those owners on here?  

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Eve

Are there any updates on this trip?

Itinerary and when registration open?

Interested in going - have been waiting for itinerary to be posted…

thanks, Eve (friend of Rob Branch)

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ASHCVS

Hi Eve, 

The itinerary is complete, and fabulous. It will be posted soon. Registration details are also forthcoming in the next few weeks. I am thrilled to learn that you and Rob will be joining us. Hanging out with Rob is always a highlight for me at the biennials, ever since I met him in the wee hours of the morning at the airport in Singapore, on our voyage to Borneo. By the way, it was a privilege to tour your garden last November. 
 

Andy

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iDesign

I'm strongly considering attending as well. Cindy's "life’s too short to miss the chance for more forever memories" comment keeps ringing in my ears.

My husband would need to stay home with the kids, so I'm considering inviting a plant-loving friend who lives part time in Kauai. My friend has some minor physical issues however (can walk fine, but probably not up to a big hike). Do you know how physically taxing the outings would be? I could do most outings... just a debate whether to invite my plant-loving friend or not.

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Cindy Adair

So glad to hear you and your friend might be coming!
 

About the physical effort involved, on all the Biennial trips I have attended there have been options, so short, medium or long hikes and certainly lots to do for folks who just wanted to join the group for meals and hang out at the hotels. 
 

I get hints that there are not as many crazy long hike options as this is not Borneo or Madagascar, but sadly I have not seen the final itinerary so can only pass on the above.

For those of us who truly want the long hikes into wilderness I would be surprised if there aren’t pre or post or free day choices with or without IPS involvement to make everyone excited.

I will plan to stay extra days to be sure I experience as much as possible after my long flights!

 

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