Condolences to Mitch's family have been coming in from around the globe. Mitch was very helpful to vireyaphiles around the world through his advice, seeds, and cuttings. When Julie and I were married here on the Big Island, Mitch took us out to dinner at Kilauea Lodge. We considered him our Big Island Godfather. We will miss him terribly.
I talked to Margaret, the Kea'au Community Center Director, about planting vireyas around the center and she was all for it. She even walked me around and told me which plants could be ripped up and where vireyas could be planted. This would be a much, much smaller footprint than the zoo and it would be much, much easier to keep an eye on since our meetings are there. Bring your gloves to the September meeting and plant a vireya or two! Even better, bring one in to plant!
If you want a copy of George Argent's new Vireya book give me a call as soon as possible. I am putting together an order. There are more color photographs and the latest information on newly discovered species in this 454 page book. We are getting a substantial discount but UK shipping rates are astronomical. Expect to pay around $85 dollars for a signed copy.
Viva Vireya, Bill Miller