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We Observe Buhenehene, a Popular Native Game…

This is one of the most popular games in the Sandwich Islands, and the favorite amusement of the king, and higher order of chiefs, frequently occupying them whole days together. It principally consists in hiding a small stone under one of five pieces of native tapa, so as to prevent the spectators from discovering under which piece it is hid. The parties at play sit cross-legged, on mats spread on the ground, each one holding in his right hand a small elastic rod, about three feet long, and highly polished. At the small end of this stick there is a narrow slit or hole, through which a piece of dog’s skin, or a piece of Ti leaf, is usually drawn. Five pieces of cloth, of different colors, each loosely folded up like a bundle, are then placed between the two parties, which generally consists of five persons each. One person is then selected on each side to hide the stone. He who is first to hide it, takes it in his right hand, lifts up the cloth at one end, puts his arm under as far as his elbow, and, passing it along several times, underneath the five pieces of cloth, which lie in a line contiguous to each other, he finally leaves it under one of them. The other party sit opposite, watching closely the action in the muscles of the upper part of his arm; and, it is said, that adepts can discover the place where the stone is deposited, by observing the change that takes place in those muscles, when the hand ceases to grasp it. Having deposited the stone, the hider withdraws his arm; and, with many gestures, separates the contiguous pieces of cloth into five distinct heaps, leaving a narrow space between each.

The opposite party, having keenly observed this process, now point with their wands or sticks to the different heaps under which they suppose the stone lies, looking significantly, at the same time, full in the face of the man who had hid it. He sits all the while, holding his fingers before his eyes, to prevent their noticing any change in his countenance, should one of them point to the heap under which it is hid. Having previously agreed who shall strike first, that individual, looking earnestly at the hider, lifts his rod, and strikes a smart blow across the heap he had selected. The cloth is instantly lifted up; and should the stone appear under it, his party have won that hiding, with one stroke; if it is not there, the others strike, till the stone is found. The same party hide the stone five or ten times successively, according to their agreement at the commencement of the play; and whichever party discovers it the given number of times, with fewest strokes, wins the game. Sometimes they reverse it; and those win, who, in a given number of times, strike most heaps without uncovering the stone. Occasionally they play for amusement only; but more frequently for money, or other articles of value, which they stake on the game. (Ellis)

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 (These are excerpts from a book by William Ellis that has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. A public domain book is one that was never subject to copyright or whose legal copyright term has expired.)

Did You Know…?

Wild Plantain

Heliconia caribaea

The Wild Plantain is one of the largest species of Heliconia. Its large, upright, red inflorescence is composed mostly of large bracts; the greenish flowers barely protrude above the top edges of the surrounding bract. Rain water frequently collects in the trough portion of each bract. Once it was included in the Banana Family along with the Bird-of-Paradise Plant, but Heliconias are now in their own separate family, as is the case with the Bird-of-Paradise Plant.

Like the banana, though, each Heliconia shoot only produces one inflorescence, after which it dies back to the rhizome, to be replaced by a new leafy shoot that will bloom the following summer season. The inflorescence is quite showy and long-lived, hence it is frequently utilized in large-sized flower arrangements. Unfortunately, feral pigs will occasionally (especially during dry periods) eat the tender new shoots as they are sprouting from the rhizome.

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31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway                    Open daily – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Hakalau, Hawaii 96710                                    Have you Visited us in the Past?

Mile Marker 16 on Highway 19                       Why not Write a review?

 

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Today December 13th is the National Guard birthday

national-guard-birthday

Born from humble beginnings, the National Guard celebrates its 381st birthday. The military organization we know today as the National Guard came into existence with a direct declaration on December 13, 1636.  On this date, the Massachusetts General Court in Salem, for the first time in the history of the North American continent, established that all able-bodied men between the ages of 16 and 60 were required to join the militia. The North, South, and East Regiments were established with this order. Simply stated, citizen-soldiers who mustered for military training could be and would be called upon to fight when needed.

Much has changed since 1636, but one thing has not: the National Guard still consists of Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen providing protection from natural disaster, training regularly to uphold high standards of readiness, and also deploying to far-away countries to protect the United States’ national interests abroad. Although the country’s growth and expansion has made it a large military force around the world, the National Guard still remains a community cornerstone – just as it did when it was given birth on December 13, 1636.

The National Guard, which celebrates its birthday every December 13, is the oldest component of the U.S. Armed Forces and one of the nation’s longest-enduring institutions. Today, tens of thousands of Guard members are serving in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan, as the National Guard continues its historic dual mission, providing to the states units trained and equipped to protect life and property, while providing to the nation units trained, equipped and ready to defend the United States and its interests, all over the globe.

From all of us at Botanical World…Have a very and safe New Year.

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We Are Invited To Observe a Native Dance…

At sunrise July 5th, 1823, Mr. Stewart and I walked down to Keopuolani’s, to attend the usual morning exercises, in the large house near the sea. About fifty persons were present. In the afternoon I accompanied the missionaries to their schools on the beach. The proficiency of many of the pupils in reading, spelling, and writing on slates, was pleasing. Just as they had finished their afternoon instruction, a party of musicians and dancers arrived before the house of Keopuolani, and commenced a hula ka laau, (dance to the beating of a stick.) Five musicians advanced first, each with a staff in his left hand, five or six feet long, about three or four inches in diameter at one end, and tapering off to a point at the other. In his right hand he held a small stick of hard wood, six or nine inches long, with which he commenced his music, by striking the small stick on the larger one, beating time all the while with his right foot on a stone, placed on the ground beside him for that purpose. Six women, fantastically dressed in yellow tapas, crowned with garlands of flowers, having also wreaths of the sweet-scented flowers of the gardenia on their necks, and branches of the fragrant mairi, (another native plant,) bound round their ancles, now made their way by couples through the crowd, and, arriving at the area, on one side of which the musicians stood, began their dance. Their movements were slow, and though not always graceful, exhibited nothing offensive to modest propriety. Both musicians and dancers alternately chanted songs in honor of former gods and chiefs of the islands, apparently much to the gratification of the numerous spectators. After they had continued their hula, (song and dance,) for about half an hour, the queen, Keopuolani, requested them to leave off, the people dispersed, and the dancers returned to their houses. (Ellis)

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(These are excerpts from a book by William Ellis that has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. A public domain book is one that was never subject to copyright or whose legal copyright term has expired.)

Did You Know…?

Cassia grandis

Cassia grandis

This tree produces large clusters of pink five-petaled flowers on the current season’s growth. The flowers are followed by the production of large numbers of long (18 – 24 inches), cylindrical black pods about ¾ inch in diameter that mature during the winter season and litter the ground beneath the tree for several months. Inside each pod are a considerable number of easily separated dime-sized “wafers”, each containing a single light brown hard seed.

There is no shortage of seedling trees beneath the parent tree. Flowering is improved by moderate to heavy pruning, which results in the production of numerous long and vigorous flowering shoots. Regular pruning is also necessary to remove branches that die back due to heavy shading by branches growing above them. This species is one of the parents of the sterile hybrid “Rainbow Shower Tree” planted along portions of Kamahameha Drive in downtown Hilo.

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Botanical World Adventures                          Gardens, Waterfalls & Maze

31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway                    Open daily – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Hakalau, Hawaii 96710                                    Have you Visited us in the Past?

Mile Marker 16 on Highway 19                       Why not Write a review?

 

For 24/7 Online Reservations Book your tour HERE

Or call: 808-963-5427 or Toll Free: 888-947-4753

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