By any method of reckoning the 5th Vireya Seminar was a resounding success. Speakers from Australia, Scotland and America spoke about a wide range of topics. A resounding MAHALO to: George Argent - vireya conservation, Dennis Bottemiller - construction of the Fran Rutherford Conservatory, Christy Hartsell - growing vireyas in marginal climates (in pots no less!), Steve Hootman - hunting vireyas in Papua New Guinea, Andrew Rouse - hunting vireyas in Australia. I would say the participants learned a lot about the world of vireyas!
As the time for action drew near, the members came through with money, printer ink, name tags, post cards, calendars, time (too many hours to count), updating the website, stuffing bags, purchasing various supplies and utensils, making coffee and lilikoi juice, opening their gardens for tours, mailing flyers, driving garden tour vans, publicizing the event, preparing and cooking amazing food, bringing decorative flowers, setting up and taking down chairs, cleaning up, manning registration tables, and some things that were forgotten in the mad dash to the finish. The seminar finished with an outstanding potluck dinner and hula show! MAHALO to all the members who participated with either time, money, expertise, food, or other items.
Mahalo to Sherla Bertelmann, the Seminar Chairwoman, Registrar, Volunteer Coordinator, etc, who orchestrated the event from beginning to end. Attendees came from as far away as Pennsylvania, USA; Toronto, Canada; Melbourne, Australia and as close as our own backyard.
Mahalo to everyone who participated, the Hawaii Chapter members hope you had an amazing experience.