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Araucaria columnaris – Cook “Pine” Tree

These tall, distinctive trees are from the Cook Islands in the Southern Hemisphere. They are easily confused with the Norfolk Island Pine, which is more pyramidal in shape and has wider branch spacing than the Cook Pine. They are “softwood”/Gymnosperm type trees and they do produce “cones” so are therefore in the same category as are the true pine trees, but they are certainly not pine trees. The 4 to 5 inch long brown male cones are borne mostly on branch tips found on the bottom half of the tree and are produced during the spring months.

Nurseries on the mainland grow many thousands of pots of Cook Pine Trees, mostly for sale around Christmas time as miniature living Christmas trees. Much of the seed used to grow those trees is collected by commercial seed collectors from trees growing in Hawaii, and the price per seed ranges from around 20 to 40 cents each, depending on quantities purchased.

The 5 to 6 inch globose, green female cones are produced from branch tips in the upper half of the tree. They start forming in the late winter months and are about the size of a tennis ball when the male cones are shedding pollen in mid-spring. After pollination they continue to enlarge until mid to late summer when the cone scales—each with their attached seed—mature and begin to fall off the cone stem to the ground. If they don’t lodge in moist soil they dry out and die within a few days. If they do land in a friendly place, they will sprout within a week or two. Significant numbers of the 4-cotyledoned seedlings are albino—white in color—and die a few weeks after sprouting.

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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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The first Monday of October is Child Health Day in United States…

Calvin Coolidge was the first president to issue a proclamation for Child Health Day in 1928 and it was annually observed on May 1 until it was observed on the first Monday of October from 1960 onwards. The concept of this event was supported by organizations such as the American Child Health Association, the American Federation of Labor and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in the early 20th century.

As part of the annual presidential proclamation for the day, all agencies and organizations interested in child welfare are invited to unite on Child Health Day to observe exercises to stimulate or increase people’s awareness of the need for a year-round program to protect and develop children’s health in the United States.

Health professionals and health organizations across the United States take part in this day through various activities and events. For example, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) takes on an active role in providing educational resources for parents, children and schools about issues such as healthy choices, fitness, and child obesity prevention. The HRSA also calls for every surgeon general across the nation to make a pledge towards providing a healthy future for children.

The Maternal and Child Health Library also actively participates in Child Health Day through activities that focus on healthy eating and physical activity for children and their parents or parental figures. The library provides information on nutrition for children and adolescents, the importance of physical activity, and nutrition for pregnant women.

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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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We receive welcome from the Governor of Hawaii…

On the 26th, 1823 our vessel came to anchor in Kailua bay. The missionaries soon after went on shore, grateful for the speedy and comfortable passage with which they had been favored, having been only forty-nine hours from Oahu, which is about 150 miles to the leeward of Kailua. They were heartily welcomed by the governor, Kuakini, usually called by the foreigners, John Adams, from his having adopted the name of a former president of the United States of America. They took tea with him; and after expressing their gratitude to God in the native language with the governor and his family, retired to rest in an apartment kindly furnished for them in his own house. The next morning their baggage was removed from the vessel, and deposited in a small comfortable house, formerly belonging to Kamehameha, but which the governor directed them to occupy so long as they should remain at Kailua. (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.)

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Syzygium malaccense. ‘Ohi’a’ai

This tree is a Canoe Plant, being admired for its fruit, which is a bit like a non-gritty, firm, but juicy pear, but with a skin ranging in color from white to pink to rose-red to deep red-purple. The flowers are composed mostly of very bright, inch long, magenta-colored stamens, which, when they fall in only a few days from floral opening, cover the ground beneath the plant with a tapestry of pink for a day or two. It only takes about 2 months for the fruits to mature and ripen on the tree. Birds are quick to find them, and rats quickly devour them when they fall from the tree, so it is sometimes difficult to find a choice fruit to eat.

Trees may bloom several times during the warm season, and different trees seem to have different bloom cycles from others, so it is possible to be successful in a hunt for fruits during most of the warm season if one is persistent.

Since they sprout easily from seed, they are found in nearly every gulch on the wet side of the Island, and their fruit color and quality differ from tree to tree. Mountain Apple is also a local brand name for certain grocery items.

 

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Get Involved, Become a Member…

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Individuals interested in helping to maintain and grow the World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls can join our Garden Membership Program. Becoming a member helps preserve our gardens of peace and beauty for the enjoyment and education of future generations. Both annual and lifetime memberships are available. Members may use their benefits at any time while the membership is active by presenting their membership card and a photo identification card.

All members receive the following benefits: 

  • Free admission to the World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls for the duration of their membership.
  • A 10 percent discount on all non-sale items in the Garden Visitor Center.
  • Notice of garden events and newsletters.

Other benefits are available depending upon the level of membership. 

Our highest level members will receive special recognition: 

  • Dedication of a garden bench or tree with a plaque inscribed with the name of the member or a loved one (Tree of Life Member and above).
  • A permanent Gold Garden Benefactor Card which entitles you and your accompanying guests unlimited free access to all amenities of World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls except the Zip Isle zip line and Segway tours (Garden Benefactor).
  • Ten complimentary zip line passes (Garden Benefactor).
  • Recognition on the Garden Benefactors Plaque (Garden Benefactor). 

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