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History of the Honolulu Rose Society

Organized April 16, 1975
From the Honolulu Rose Society Archives

In March of 1975 Iris Fujisue wrote to ARS inquiring about how to join the local rose society. She was informed there was none, so together with Doris Osaka, they found out who in Hawaii were ARS members, invited all to participate in launching the HRS. There were 12 members that attended the first meeting. First officers were Doris Osaka, president; Maile Lee, vice president; Douglas McDonald, treasurer, and Iris Fujisue, secretary. Meetings were usually held at the McCulley Library.

Our first ARS-sanctioned Rose Show was held on April 23 & 24, 1977 and judges Marian and Joseph Klima, Stretch Johnson and Emmett McKutchen came from the mainland to judge. Since 1975, rose members have held exhibitions at various malls on Oahu, at state fairs, and at the state exhibition hall.

In 1997 our first CR school was held with Baldo Villegas, Diane and Steve Steps, and Chuck Bigelow. The newsletter Ka'Uhane o Ka Loke (The Spirit of the Rose) first appeared in 1996, editor Tom Mui. The website was created in August 2000 by Dee Choi. From the initial 12 members, we have grown to a current 205 members.


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