The Importance of the local Situation of the Sandwich Islands…

The local situation of the Sandwich Islands is important, and highly advantageous for purposes of commerce. On the north are the Russian settlements in Kamchatka, and the neighboring coast; to the north-west the islands of Japan; due west the Marian islands, Manilla in the Philippines, and Canton in China; and on the east the coast of California and Mexico. Hence they are so frequently resorted to by vessels navigating the northern Pacific. The establishment of the independent states of South America has greatly increased their importance, as they lie in the track of vessels passing from thence to China, or Calcutta and other parts of India, and are not only visited by these, but by those who trade for skins, with the natives of the north-west coast of America. From the time of their discovery, the Sandwich Islands were unvisited until 1786, when Captains Dixon and Portlock, in a trading voyage to the north-west coast for furs and sea-otter skins, anchored, and procured refreshments in the island of Oahu.(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…?

Ipomoea

The largest genus of the morning-glory family, Ipomoea includes five hundred species spread throughout the tropics of the world. In Hawai’i fourteen species are native or naturalized, and five more can be found testing the fences of people’s gardens. Prior to 1871, Chinese immigrants brought the edible morning glory Ipomoea Aquatica, known to Asian cooking as the ung-choi, and it has naturalized around Hawaiian streams and ponds.

The beach morning glory, Ipomoea Pes­Caprae, is an indigenous shoreline plant that has found success throughout the Pacific. Its woody stems and sturdy leaves seem out of character for a morning glory, but the flower gives it away.

The sweet potato, Ipomoea Batatas, was a staple of the ancient Hawaiian diet. Their ancestors recognized 230 kinds of ‘Uala. Besides eating their tubers, they used various parts of the plant to brew a sweet beer, to stimulate mothers’ milk, to pad their floor mats, and to fatten their hogs. The fact that sweet potato originates in America suggests a history of early inter-Pacific human contact about which we know nothing.

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Experience Our Arboretum…

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Across from the Rainbow Walk is the Arboretum. This section is bordered by a twin row of gigantic “Cook Island Pines”, so named for the islands discovered on Captain Cook’s voyages. a driveway lined with majestic Royal Palms and the Hanapueo Stream. It covers several acres and includes large numbers of specimens, especially trees that produce flowers, fruits and nuts. These include abiu, several species of bananas, Brazilian cherries, breadfruit, cashew, cinnamon, citrus, jack fruit, longan, lychee, macadamia, miracle fruit, ohia, palms of many types, papaya, paradise nuts, and sapote to name just a few.

Bird of paradise, bougainvillea, gingers, heliconias, hibiscus, orchids, plumeria and many other plants bloom throughout the arboretum.

Large areas of grass and hand-decorated tables set in amongst the trees allow you to relax and enjoy views of the gardens or the ocean while eating your picnic lunch or just relaxing on the greensward. During the winter, you can watch humpback whales playing in the ocean while you enjoy your picnic. 

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Friday Aug 18 is Statehood Day in Hawaii…

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Hawaii’s Statehood Day is an annual state holiday on the third Friday of August. It commemorates the anniversary Hawaii’s statehood.

During World War II, Oahu served as the command post for the US operations in the Pacific. Large portions of Hawaii were turned over for the US military bases. After the war, 93% of the registered voters favored statehood.

However, because of the many ethnicities present, there was resistance to Hawaii’s statehood from segregated southern U.S. states. A primary election took place in Hawaii on June 27, 1959, and various statehood propositions received many votes on that day. Following the certification of the election results, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation on August 21, 1959, declaring Hawaii to be the 50th state

There is a fair amount of debate surrounding this holiday, which has sparked discussions among locals. Some say that the day, which was formerly known as Admission Day, should either be removed or celebrated on a larger scale. There are those who say that no official celebrations are held on the day and describe it as a silent day. Many opinions voice out that the anniversary of statehood is virtually ignored. Some people write messages or newspaper articles to promote the holiday, wishing the state a “happy birthday”.

Hawaii’s Statehood Day is a state holiday so government offices are closed, as well as schools and major universities. Some bus companies may observe the public holiday, while others operate seven days a week, including all holidays. Ferries may also operate on the holiday. People planning to use public transit services on this day can check with the local public transit service providers prior to travelling.

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Let yourself go…

Zip-Isle

Come enjoy Zip Isle Zip Line Adventures at Botanical World on the Hamakua Coast just a few minutes from Hilo. We are open every day of the week, every week of the year for your enjoyment!

With Zip Isle, guests can have a complete Hawaiian Eco Tour Adventure. Combined with the many other features of the World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls that are included in your admission, you get the best of the Big Island experience in one location.

You will experience the thrill of a lifetime but still have time to see the other unique features of the Big Island including views of the volcano, waterfalls, whales (in winter), the rain forest and other nearby wonders that await you.

Before or after you go zipping, you can view beautiful Kamaee Falls and walk through acres of lush tropical gardens. Non-zipping family members can stroll through our Rainforest Trail and watch you zip while they experience the beauty of the tropical landscape. Young and old alike can enjoy strolling through the world’s second largest Herbaceous Maze. 

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The Natural History, of the Sandwich Islands…

The natural history of the islands, as it regards the animal kingdom, is exceedingly circumscribed. The only quadrupeds originally found inhabiting them, were a small species of hogs, with long heads and small erect ears; dogs, lizards, and an animal larger than a mouse, but smaller than a rat. There were no beasts of prey, nor any ferocious animals, except the hogs, which were sometimes found wild in the mountains. There are now large herds of cattle in Hawaii, and some tame ones in most of the islands, together with flocks of goats, and a few horses and sheep, which have been taken there at different times. Horses, cattle, and goats, thrive well, but the climate appears too warm for sheep, unless they are kept on the mountains. Birds, excepting those which are aquatic, and a species of owl that preys upon mice, are seldom seen near the shores, in the mountains they are numerous. Several are remarkably beautiful, among which may be reckoned a small kind of parquet of a glossy purple, and a species of red, yellow, and green woodpecker, with: whose feathers the gods were dressed, and the helmets and handsome cloaks of the chiefs are ornamented. There are wild geese in the mountains, and ducks near the lagoons or ponds in the vicinity of the sea shore. They are entirely free from every noxious and poisonous reptile, excepting centipedes, which are neither large nor numerous. Fish are not so abundant on their shores as around many of the other islands; they have, however, several varieties, and the inhabitants procure a tolerable supply. The vegetable productions, though less valuable and abundant than in some of the islands are found in no small variety, and the most serviceable are cultivated with facility. The natives subsist principally on the roots of the taro, on the sweet potato, called by them uāra, and uhi, or yam. The principal indigenous fruits are the bread-fruit; the cocoa-nut; the plantain and the strawberry and raspberry. Oranges, limes, citrons, grapes, pine-apples, papaw-apples, cucumbers, and water melons, have been introduced, and, excepting the pine-apples, thrive well. Sugar-cane is indigenous though it is not much cultivated. Large tracts of fertile land lie waste in most of the islands; and sugar-cane, together with cotton, coffee, and other valuable intertropical productions, might be easily raised in considerable quantities, which will, probably, be the case when the natives become more industrious and civilized. (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…?

Argyroxiphium

Eons ago a daisy-like plant from North America found its way to the Hawaiian Islands and evolved into this botanical marvel. Growing in the extreme high-altitude volcanic cinder deserts of Maui’s Haleakala and Hawai’i Island’s Mauna Kea, the silversword forms a moon-like sphere with its numerous scimitar-shaped succulent leaves. The plant’s heat-reflective fur of white hairs keeps the leaves from parching to death. At life’s end the plant performs its one act of blooming-at the average age of twelve and sometime between June and November-by shooting up a flower spike that can be six feet tall and contain six hundred resinous purple flowers. Then, having set seed, the plant shrivels and blows apart in the alpine winds.

Silverswords formerly blanketed many acres of Haleakala Crater. But by the early twentieth century the attacks of newly arrived insects, goats, and human collectors had shaved the population down to fewer than a hundred plants. Thanks to national park controls, this species is recovering but still endangered.

“Argyroxiphium” might look impossible to pronounce, but the job gets easier when you split the word into it two Greek roots. “Argyro” means silver. “Xiphium” means sword (pronounce the “x” as a “z.”)

Actually there are five species of this Hawai’i only genus. The others are rare, remote bog plants, one of which is now probably extinct.

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