Did You Know…?

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Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

The unusual shape (bottle-like) of this palm’s trunk is what most people find interesting about this palm. There are around 5,000 known species of palms, and nearly all of them require an annual average temperature of 72 degrees F or higher to survive

The leaves of this palm are of the pinnate type…resembling the structure of a bird’s feather, hence placing them in the group referred to as “feather” palms. The specimen in our Rainbow Garden has a nearby palm (the Chinese Fan Palm) that produces leaves resembling a fan, illustrative of the group of palms known as “fan” palms.

A number of different palm trees have “rings” circling their trunks from the base of the trunk to the base of the bottom-most leaf. These rings mark the scar or the location of a leaf that fell off the trunk at some time in the past. Palm trees that shed their leaves cleanly from the trunk are called self-cleaning palms, and often exhibit “rings” around their trunks.

Regarding dead leaf retention, the Chinese Fan Palm is NOT a self-cleaning palm, as its dead leaves simply turn brown and bend downwards along the trunk, creating a shaggy coat of dead leaves at the base of the crown of green leaves. However, given enough time, these dead leaves will slowly fall from the trunk as their bases rot. Many kinds of insects and even mice and/or rats can make their home in the cloak of dead leaves of such non-self-cleaning palms. One other contrasting characteristic by which one can categorize palms is by the number of shoots comprising a single plant. The Bottle Palm, for example, has but one trunk and one terminal growing point or bud. If that bud dies for any reason, the whole tree dies. Most of the “bud killers” are either disease organisms or insects, but there are a few kinds of palms that produce a single terminal inflorescence of sometimes gigantic proportions and then die, like the Raphia Palm. Palms with but one trunk are called “solitary” palms. The opposite situation pertains to the “Areca” palm, which produces many basal shoots, creating a large clump of stems. Such palms are called “clumping” palms. Fortunately, the palm from which “heart of palm” is obtained is a clumping palm, so that the harvesting of several shoots from the clump for palm hearts does not kill the whole tree—just the shoot providing the tender “heart” tissues dies.

 

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Experience Our Arboretum…

arboretum

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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December 31st is New Year’s Eve in United States…

New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is a major social holiday for many people in the United States. Many people hold parties at home or attend special celebrations to celebrate the upcoming New Year. In many cities, large scale public events are held. These often attract thousands of people.

A particularly striking aspect of the New Year’s Eve festivities is the ball drop in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City. The ball is made of crystal and electric lights and is placed on top of a pole, which is 77 feet, or 23 meters, high. At one minute before midnight on December 31, the ball is lowered slowly down the pole. It comes to rest at the bottom of the pole at exactly midnight. The event is shown on television across the United States and around the world. The event has been held every year since 1907, except during World War II.

December 31 is not a federal holiday, but it does fall in the holiday season at the end of the year. Most schools and other educational institutions throughout the United States are closed. Some organizations are closed and others are open but offer limited services. Many stores are open on New Year’s Eve, but may close early. Many theaters, clubs and other entertainment venues have special programs. It may be necessary to reserve tickets many weeks in advance.

Public transit systems may operate normal or reduced services. Some companies extend their schedules into the early hours of January 1 to enable people who have attended New Year’s Eve parties to return home safely. If you need to use public transit on December 31, it is wise to check the appropriate timetables carefully before you travel.

Around the start of the 1900s, New Year’s Eve celebrations in America started to appear.

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

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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 Learn of the Principal Idols of Maui…

Between eight and nine o’clock on July 10th, 1823, I sat down in Keopuolani’s house, and entered into an interesting conversation with her, Hoapiri, and several other chiefs, respecting their ancient traditions and mythology. One of the ancient gods of Maui, prior to its subjugation by Kamehameha, they said, was Keoroeva. The body of the image was of wood, and was arrayed in garments of native cloth. The head and neck were formed of a kind of fine basket or wicker work, covered over with red feathers, so curiously wrought in as to resemble the skin of a beautiful bird. A native helmet was placed on the idol’s head, from the crown of which long tresses of human hair hung down over its shoulders. Its mouth, like the greater number of the Hawaiian idols, was large and distended. In all the temples dedicated to its worship, the image was placed within the inner apartment, on the left hand side of the door, and immediately before it stood the altar, on which the offerings of every kind were usually placed. They did not say whether human victims were ever sacrificed to appease its imagined wrath, but large offerings, of everything valuable, were frequent. Sometimes hogs were taken alive, as presents. The large ones were led, and the smaller ones carried in the arms of the priest, into the presence of the idols. The priest then pinched the ears or the tail of the pig till it made a squeaking noise, when he addressed the god, saying, “Here is the offering of such a one of your kahu,” (devotees.) A hole was then made in the pig’s ear, a piece of cinet, made of the fibers of the cocoa-nut husk, was fastened in it, and the pig was set at liberty until the priest had occasion for him. In consequence of this mark, which distinguished the sacred hog, he was allowed to range the district at pleasure; and whatever depredations he might commit, driving him away from the enclosures into which he had broken, was the only punishment allowed to be inflicted. Keoroeva’s hogs were not the only ones thus privileged. The same lenient conduct was observed towards all the sacred pigs, to whatever idol they had been offered. (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…?

Allspice

Pimenta dioica.

We have several of these trees at different places along the Rainbow Walk. Two specimens are planted (one on each side of the walkway) about 50 feet in from the beginning of the walkway. They bear shiny, elliptical, 5 to 6 inch long, dark green leaves that exude a strong, pleasant odor of cloves mixed with overtones of other spices when crushed.

The Allspice tree’s smooth trunk is attractively colored with irregular patterns of beige and tan. The spice is obtained from the small purple berries produced by the trees during the early summer months from clusters (cymes) of tiny greenish-white flowers that bloom during April. The mature green berries are dried and then ground up, much like black pepper seed is. Later on the Rainbow Walk, there is a larger specimen of Allspice, from which you may pick a leaf to crush and smell. Very nice!

This tree is in full sun, and is often seen flowering and/or fruiting during the spring and summer. The ground beneath that tree is covered with small seedling numerous keiki (the Hawaiian word for children; here equating to seedlings) can be seen beneath the tree. Allspice plants that sprout from fallen ripe fruit.

 

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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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