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Oodles of orchids

Larry Kamiya's hoard of thousands of blooms is the result of decades of collecting

By Lynn Cook
Special to the Star-Advertiser

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 17, 2014

~~<p>A stroll past the front-yard garden of wildflowers to the backyard of Larry and Gwen Kamiya's Kaneohe home is like walking from reality into the imaginary forest of the film &quot;Avatar.&quot; Giant bromeliads, in purple, green and gold, grow shoulder-high. More hang like alien creatures from the rafters of a greenhouse that fills every inch of space between the house and the hillside. Bamboo palms with Christmas-red trunks arch over the door to Kamiya's happy place, his 30-by-40-foot orchid house, chock full of 1,000-plus orchid plants.</p>
<p>Some of his orchids look like dragons; some are only 1 millimeter long, growing 60 to a stem. The orchid house holds blooms that smell as sweet as the vanilla beans that grow behind the screens and other orchids that smell like rotted meat.</p>
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A stroll past the front-yard garden of wildflowers to the backyard of Larry and Gwen Kamiya's Kaneohe home is like walking from reality into the imaginary forest of the film "Avatar." Giant bromeliads, in purple, green and gold, grow shoulder-high. More hang like alien creatures from the rafters of a greenhouse that fills every inch of space between the house and the hillside. Bamboo palms with Christmas-red trunks arch over the door to Kamiya's happy place, his 30-by-40-foot orchid house, chock full of 1,000-plus orchid plants.

Some of his orchids look like dragons; some are only 1 millimeter long, growing 60 to a stem. The orchid house holds blooms that smell as sweet as the vanilla beans that grow behind the screens and other orchids that smell like rotted meat. Login for more...



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