Brooks, Yamada show strong at Kukui Grove Center

LIHU‘E — Sachi and Noel Brooks of Kaua‘i Orchids were awarded the Best in Show for their Grammatophyllum scriptum during the two-day Mother’s Day Orchid Show and Sale which wrapped up Saturday evening at Kukui Grove Center, hosted by the Kaua‘i Orchid Society.

In addition to the Best in Show, Kaua‘i Orchids also garnered five other awards, including sweeping the three places in the Best Cattleya-Lavender category with BC Volcano Queen getting the blue ribbon, C. Salaya Love earning the red and C. intermedia finishing in third place.

Kaua‘i Orchids also topped the Best Oncidinae category with Onc. ornithorrhynchum, the only entry in the class, and rounded out its winnings with a first place in Best Species with the earlier announced Gram. scriptum specimen.

Noel Brooks also earned two individual awards, a first place in Best Flowering Specimen Plant with a Maxillaria tenuifolia and a second place in Best Species with a Paraphalaenopsis labukensis.

Allen Yamada of Kapa‘a finished with 11 awards in the two-day show and sale, augmenting his winning specimen with sales from his nursery.

Yamada swept the Best Miniature class, earning first with Angraecum didieri, second place with Theocepus secundum and third place with Robiquetia mooreanum.

He also swept the Best Dendrobium-Lavendar class and the Best Orange Dendrobium competition, Den. Easter Bunny getting top honors in the lavendar class followed by Den. Kasem White x Royal Colors. Den. unicum topped the Best Orange followed by Den. lawesii in second place.

He missed a sweep in the Best Dendrobium-Other category when Al Sugano topped the class with Den. Woo Leng, Yamada settling for second with Den. atroviolaceum, and third with Den. Aussie Chip.

The Kapa‘a grower finished second in the Best Dendrobium-Yellow category with Den. aggregatum, the first and third being taken by Sugano with Den. Waianae Valley getting top honor and Den. Waianae Valley getting third.

Yamada also finished third in Best Species with Polystachya paniculata.

Sugano finished second in the Best Phalaenopsis with Phal. philippinense x Toni semple and second in the Best Paphiopedilum class.

He rounded out the winnings on a team effort with Amy Sugano, the couple topping the Best Asco group with Ascda Yip Sum Wah and third in the class with Ascd Princess Mikasa.

Keith Doo, a recent addition to orchid growers on Kaua‘i, finished with seven awards, including a sweep of the Best Vandaceous group with V. Sansai Blue getting first plae followed by V. Robert’s Delight getting second and V. Robert’s Delight ‘Pink’ in third.

Doo was sandwiched between Sugano in the Best Asco division with Ascd. Blue Tahourdin getting the red ribbon.

He topped the Best Phalaenopsis group with Phal. Sogo Yukidian and captured third with Paph. In Charm x niveum.

Ann Reid, a certified American Orchid Society Judge, of Aloha Orchids topped the Best Cattleya-Other group with SLC Mine Gold, a former AOS Award of Merit winner.

Makai Farms rounded out the ribbon winners, capturing the Best Dendrobium-White with Den. rhodostictum, adding first in the Best Paphiopedilum with Paph. St. Swithin, a second place in Best Flowering Specimen Plant with Brassia Rex ‘Christine’ and sweeping Best Other Genera with Brassia Rex ‘Waimanalo’ getting first and Coclogyne bifordense x parishii getting second.

The Kaua‘i Orchid Society’s next meeting is on June 14 at the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital from 7 to 9 p.m.

Visit www.kauaiorchidsociety.org for more information.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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