We are the Hawai‘i Bromeliad Society. Bromeliads grow naturally in many tropical and subtropical regions, but for generations a variety indigenous to South America has meant Hawai‘i to much of the world. Cultivated commercially for over 150 years, Ananas comosus—the pineapple—has played a key role in the development of the modern multicultural state of Hawai‘i. The Hawai‘i Bromeliad Society hasn’t been around for quite that long, but we are now in our fifth decade of promoting, growing, and educating ourselves and the community about bromeliads.

In his 1978 New Year’s Greeting, then Bromeliad Society President Brian Hepton wrote, “We are a young, enthusiastic, but still inexperienced society with much to learn. . . . We are indeed very fortunate to live in Hawai‘i, to be blessed with a beautiful climate—ideal for growing bromeliads. . . . The success of this society is very dependent on the members, help is always needed. So don’t be afraid to volunteer. Suggestions and criticism are also important, so speak up. . . . My thanks to the bromeliads and the people who grow them.”

That description holds just as true today. Our activities reflect the skill, interest, and dedication of our members. HBS officers and committee leaders for 2012 include President Susan Andrade, Vice President and Program Chair Marie Ferdun, Treasurer Tessie Labra, Membership Chair Raleigh Ferdun, Corresponding Secretary Marie Grininger, Recording Secretary Stanley Schab, Hospitality Chair Val Wong, Librarian Lynette Wageman, Newsletter Chair Terese Leber, and Web Master Tom Stuart. To join the HBS, please fill out our Membership Form — of just come to one or our meetings.

  • 2013 HBS Membership Application


    Meet the HBS President for 2013

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    Susan Andrade

    Meet HBS President Susan Andrade. Susan was introduced to HBS by one of her former clients, Tina Rose Cager, sometime around 2000. Susan says she has no green thumb, but she enjoys HBS because it is a small group of nice people. Susan’s home is on the slopes of Punchbowl. There is no room for a garden, so her plants are placed in pots in a small yard in front of her house. She admits that she would have many more bromeliads if she removed the pups from her plants! Susan and her sister Emily (Darrow) moved to Hawai‘i in 1962, where she worked as a social worker and probation officer for over 37 years. Her goal in her retirement was to bring music back into her life. So, when she met HBS member Mary Louise, she began taking piano lessons from her. Traveling to see family and a few good friends is also important for her. Susan and two of her college roommates plan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation from the College of Wooster in Ohio. However, her main interest seems to be her dogs Puff, Bonnie, and Darcy. Obedience training every day at Thomas Square Park and two evenings a week gives Susan and her dogs great exercise!

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    Featured Member: Terese Leber

    Terese Leber was born and raised in that world center of bromeliad cultivation: the San Fernando Valley! So years later, it was certainly no shock to her when she moved to Costa Rica, where she did two tours in the Peace Corps, and then continued to live through most of the 1970s. Following some government work in Medellin, Colombia, she landed in Honolulu, as a graduate student in the University of Hawai‘i’s School of Library Science. Soon after graduating, she was hired as a Librarian by the East-West Center, where she has now worked for almost thirty years. In the mid-1980s, Terese moved to Pälolo Valley, to a hillside with poor soil, spotty drainage, and lots of rocks—perfect bromeliad country! She now shares her back yard with hundreds of Neos—what she calls corriente or common varieties—a few huge Aechmea blanchetiana, and assorted Tillandsia, and since joining the HBS, some nice auction-bought Vriesea and Guzmania.

    Contact Us

    Hawaii Bromeliad Society

    Phone: 808-555-2345

    Email: hawaii.bromeliad.society@

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