Did You Know…?

Breadfruit

Artocarpus altilis – Breadfruit

Breadfruit is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry family, growing throughout Southeast Asia, South India and most Pacific Ocean islands. Its name is derived from the texture of the cooked moderately ripe fruit, which has a potato-like flavor, similar to freshly baked bread.

Ancestors of the Polynesians found the trees growing in the northwest New Guinea area around 3,500 years ago. They gave up the rice cultivation they had brought with them from Taiwan, and raised breadfruit wherever they went in the Pacific. The trees were propagated far outside their native range by Polynesian voyagers who transported root cuttings and air-layered plants over long ocean distances. Breadfruit are very rich in starch, and before being eaten, they are roasted, baked, fried or boiled. When cooked, the taste of moderately ripe breadfruit is described as potato-like, or similar to freshly baked bread. Very ripe breadfruit becomes sweet, as the starch converts to sugar.

Breadfruit was widely and diversely used among Pacific Islanders. Its lightweight wood is resistant to termites and shipworms, so is used as timber for structures and outrigger canoes. Its wood pulp can also be used to make paper, called breadfruit tapa. It is also used in traditional medicine to treat illnesses that range from sore eyes to sciatica. Native Hawaiians used its sticky latex to trap birds, whose feathers were made into cloaks.                         

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Explore Our Self-Guided Gardens and Waterfalls Tour

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On a self-guided tour, you can first drive to the spectacular Kamaee Falls waterfall*. Along the way, you can view exotic palms, banana, kukui and hala trees then wind your way through hau, hibiscus and native Hawaiian plants on your way back to the lush Rainforest Trail.

Wander along the paved and handicapped accessible Rainforest Trail alongside the tumbling Hanapueo Stream as you examine such tropicals as ginger, heliconia, green and red jade vine and bamboo beneath a shady canopy of rainforest trees.

For the adventuresome, you can walk an additional mile through the unpaved Rainforest Trail extension to view the wilder portions of the rainforest as well as a variety of spice trees planted along the trail.

Returning to the gardens entrance, you can take our paved walkways through the landscaped Rainbow Walk filled with anthuriums, bromeliads, palms, ti, cinnamon, allspice, the pencil tree and scores of other tropical species. Don’t miss the Orchid Wall and the Children’s Maze. While wandering watch for signs and bring along a Walking Stick audio tour wand. This provides information about many of the plants along the Rainbow Walk and others throughout the various gardens.

If you still have time, wander at leisure through the grassy lawns of our Arboretum to view trees filled with flowers, fruits and nuts. Be sure to hunt for the many varieties of orchids blooming in the trees.

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In 1804, Alexander Baranov of the Russian American Company Arrives in Hawai`i.

GeckoLike a lei floating on the surface of the sea, a young chain of islands, the pearls of the Pacific, came to grace the middle of the ocean. Rising up from the depths to become the world’s tallest mountains, the Hawai’ian Islands with a warm tropical climate and soft flowing trade winds became a unique natural environment for plants, animals and finally human culture.

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This is our story, this is the story of Hawai’i…

In 1741, the discovery of pelt mammals in the Alaskan wilderness by the Russian explorer Vitius established a lucrative trade circuit between Russian and Chinese merchants. In 1799, the Imperial Russian Government granted the Russian American Company (RAC) sole authority to trade in the American territories. The imperial government appointed RAC’s manager, Alexander Baranov, governor of Russian America. By 1804, Baranov had established a permanent trading port at Sitka, Alaska, known at the time as “New Archangel.” The company built fortified settlements in the North Pacific, giving it an advantage over roving British and American traders. Eventually Russians established a presence in Hawai’i as merchants from around the globe demanded fragrant Hawai’i sandalwood.

Russian vessels arrived in Hawai’i sporadically for years to come, but two visits in 1824 marked the last significant Russian voyages to the Islands. In early 1824, Lieutenant Khromchenko sailed from Sitka to Honolulu on the Rurik to obtain provisions to remedy an extreme shortage of food in the northern colonies. When Kaumuali’i died suddenly in Honolulu, the Russians did not join the rest of the ships in the harbor in giving a salute. Seven months later, Otto von Kotzebue returned to Honolulu on the Enterprise. Kotzenbue witnessed the end of a rebellion on Kaua’i that broke out after Kaumuali’i’s death. Forces loyal to the Kamehameha line put down the rebellion. Kotzebue sent a message of congratulations to the victors to demonstrate Russia’s support of the Kamehameha monarchy but Russia’s influence in Hawai’i had declined and her hopes of colonizing Hawai’i had clearly ended.

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Explore Our Rainbow Walk …

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Adjacent to the gardens entrance is the Rainbow Walk, in which you can view a profusion of tropical trees, shrubs and perennial plants and even a cactus garden. More than a quarter mile of paved pathways wind through the acres of plants in the Rainbow Walk, but visitors are encouraged to meander off the walkways for a closer look or to take pictures.

In this area, you can see blooming anthuriums, azaleas, bougainvillea, bromeliads, crinums, gingers, heliconias, hibiscus, and many other tropical flowering perennials, ferns, shrubs, and trees.

Many varieties of orchids festoon the plants in the Rainbow Walk or cling to the Orchid Wall with new blooms popping out almost every day. Orchids may be near your feet on a stump, peeping out from a pile of logs or hiding on a low-growing bush. They’re in almost every tree, living anywhere from a few feet off the ground to high in the canopy. The orchids come in almost every color from white to almost black. Many are very fragrant and one even smells like chocolate! See cattleyas, dendrobiums, phalaenopsis, vandas, and other species often with several varieties on the same tree. 

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Merry Christmas…

Segway Santa

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Did You Know…?

banana tree

Musa acuminata – Bananas

A banana is an edible fruit, botanically a berry, produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa. The fruit is variable in size, color and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind which may be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown when ripe. The fruits grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant. Almost all modern edible seedless bananas come from two wild species – Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana.

In some countries, bananas used for cooking may be called plantains. Worldwide, there is no sharp distinction between “bananas” and “plantains”. Especially in the Americas and Europe, “banana” usually refers to soft, sweet, dessert bananas, particularly those of the Cavendish group, which are the main exports from banana-growing countries. By contrast, Musa cultivars with firmer, starchier fruit are called “plantains”. In other regions, such as Southeast Asia, many more kinds of banana are grown and eaten, so the simple two-fold distinction is not useful and is not made in local languages.

Musa species are native to tropical Indomalaya and Australia, and are likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea. They are grown in at least 107 countries, primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser extent to make fiber, banana wine and banana beer and as ornamental plants.

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Discover Hawaii’s only Segway off road rainforest adventure!!

Segway

Segway in the Gardens is such a cool experience. When you Segway you know you are having fun, and when you do it in the rainforest — it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Start out with an introductory tour and learn the machine with your certified guide. Then step into the experience of riding on a longer trip where your guides will lead you all through the gardens, the rainforest and even a longer journey to Kamae’e Falls at the top of the gardens property.

See the 360 degree views that include Mauna Kea with its observatories, the paniolo cattle ranch, and the wide blue Pacific Ocean with whales occasionally breaching within view. This is the glide of a lifetime!

Explore the scenic Hawaiian countryside, visit historic areas where your guides will share stories, ride through the gardens and explore the rainforest – all this while effortlessly gliding on a Segway Personal Transporter (PT).

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