Thursday November 23rd is Thanksgiving Day in United States…

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have.

Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863. There are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas in 1598. Another early event was held in 1619 in the Virginia Colony. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. These early thanksgivings took the form of a special church service, rather than a feast.

In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places there were more than one thanksgiving each year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789.

Most government offices, businesses, schools and other organizations are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Many offices and businesses allow staff to have a four-day weekend so these offices and businesses are also closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day.

Why not Experience your Holiday at Botanical World…

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

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Account of Mouna Huararai and the Volcanic Phenomena…

The varied and strongly marked volcanic surface of the higher parts of the mountain was called Mouna Huararai, (Mauna Hualalai) in the immediate neighborhood of Kailua, and the numerous feathered tribes inhabiting them, rendered it an interesting object, and induced the travelers to commence its ascent. About eight o’clock in the morning of the July 9th, 1823, they left Kailua, accompanied by three men, whom they had engaged to conduct them to the summit. Having travelled about twelve miles in a northerly direction, they arrived at the last house on the western side of the mountain. Leaving the path, the party began to ascend in a S. E. direction, and travelled about six miles, sometimes across streams of hard lava, full of fissures and chasms, at other times through thick brushwood, or high ferns, so closely interwoven as almost to arrest their progress. Arriving at a convenient place, a temporary hut was erected for the night. Between nine and ten in the forenoon they arrived at a large extinguished crater, about a mile in circumference, and apparently 400 feet deep, probably the same that was visited by some of Vancouver’s people, in 1792. The sides sloped regularly, and at the bottom was a small mound, with an aperture in its centre. By the side of this large crater, divided from it by a narrow ridge of volcanic rocks, was another, 56 feet in circumference, from which volumes of sulphuroeus smoke and vapor continually ascended. After spending some time there, they walked along the ridge between three and four miles, and examined sixteen different craters, similar in construction to the first they had met with, though generally of smaller dimensions. The whole ridge, along which they walked, appeared little else than a continued line of craters, which, in different ages, had deluged the valleys below with floods of lava, or showers of burning cinders. Some of these craters appeared to have reposed for ages, as trees of considerable size were growing on their sides, and many of them were covered with earth, and clothed with verdure. They continued ascending till three P. M. when, having suffered much from thirst, and finding they should not be able to reach the highest peak before dark, they judged it best to return to Kailua, without having reached the summit of Mouna Huararai. On their return they found the aid of their pocket compass necessary to enable them to regain the path by which they had ascended in the morning. After travelling some time, they beheld with gladness the sun breaking through the fog in which they had been so long enveloped, and, at the setting of the sun, in a tropical climate, the party viewed with delight the magnificent yet transient glories of the closing day. (Ellis)

Discover all of the history and lore of the Big Island at Botanical World…

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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…?


There are several different varieties, color wise, of this plant—pink, white, and red. The plants grow easily from seed and occasionally from root-suckers. They develop into large, spreading shrubs when left unpruned, but can be trained into spreading small to medium sized trees with regular pruning. They bloom most profusely during the warmer months of the year, but flowers can be found on most plants throughout the year.

To the casual observer, the globose “flower” resembles a “puff-ball” of colorful stamens that opens in the early morning and wilts down in the late afternoon. This whole structure is actually composed of many single flowers clustered tightly together in a spherical inflorescence on a single short stem or peduncle. Inflorescences set to open the next day resemble tiny round breadfruits, with each bump in the sphere being an individual flower bud.

Typically a pair of pods (legumes) develops from each inflorescence several weeks after the colorful stamens have fallen off. This pair of pods bears some resemblance to the ears of a jack-rabbit. When the pods are ripe and they dry out, they split open with each half of the pod curling outwards and away from the other half.

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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?

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Explore Our Rainbow Walk…

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

Hakalau, Hawaii 96710                                    Visited us in the Past?

Mile Marker 16 on Highway 19                       Why Not Write a review

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Saturday November 18th is Family Volunteer Day in the United States

Family Volunteer Day

Kick off the holiday season with loved ones and an act of kindness on Saturday, Nov. 21 (the weekend before Thanksgiving) to celebrate the 25th Annual Family Volunteer Day, brought to you by generationOn and Disney Friends for Change.

Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their neighbors and neighborhoods. Each year, thousands of families use the day to teach children valuable, real-life lessons about compassion and caring. Volunteering also can be a great way for kids and adults to develop skills, learn more about their community and make friends.

It doesn’t take a lot of time to make a big difference.

There are lots of easy and fun ways to get involved no matter how much time you have.  From small acts of kindness like donating books or toys to enlisting your family to take part in a community service project, doing good with your family is easy and the list of possible activities is endless.

Visit generationon.org/fvd-splash for access to project guides, volunteer opportunities and more! 

Experience Your Holiday fun at Botanical World…

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

 

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


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).

Experience all the fun at Botanical World…

Botanical World Adventures                          Gardens, Waterfalls & Maze

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

Hakalau, Hawaii 96710                                    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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