March 11, 2018 starts Daylight Savings Time…

 

Although modern DST has only been used for about 100 years, ancient civilizations are known to have engaged in comparable practices thousands of years ago. For example, the Roman water clocks used different scales for different months of the year to adjust the daily schedules to the solar time.

If you think Daylight Saving Time is a good idea, thank New Zealand scientist George Vernon Hudson and British builder William Willett. In 1895, Hudson presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society, proposing a 2-hour shift forward in October and a 2-hour shift back in March. There was interest in the idea, but it was never followed through.

In 1905, independently from Hudson, British builder William Willett suggested setting the clocks ahead 20 minutes on each of the 4 Sundays in April, and switching them back by the same amount on each of the 4 Sundays in September, a total of 8 time switches per year.

Many sources also credit Benjamin Franklin with being the first to suggest seasonal time change. However, the idea voiced by the American inventor and politician in 1784 can hardly be described as fundamental for the development of modern DST. After all, it did not even involve turning the clocks. In a letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris, which was entitled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light”, Franklin simply suggested that Parisians could economize candle usage by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning. What’s more: Franklin meant it as a joke.

Daylight Saving Time is now used in over 70 countries worldwide and affects over 1 billion people every year. The beginning and end dates vary from one country to another.

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Our Proposed Route Around the Island…

July 15th. Our whole number being now together at the place where we had previously agreed to commence our tour, we no longer delayed to decide on the route we should take, and the manner in which we should endeavour to accomplish the objects of our visit. Anxious to gain a thorough acquaintance with the circumstances of the people, and their disposition relative to missionary operations, we agreed to travel on foot from Kairua, through the villages on the southern shore, to pass round the south point, and continue along the south-east shore, till we should arrive at the path leading to the great volcano, situated at the foot of Mouna Roa, about 25 miles distant from the sea, which we thought it improper to pass unnoticed. We proposed, after visiting the volcano, either to descend to the shore and travel along the coast through the division of Puna, or across the interior to the division of Hiro, as circumstances might then render most expedient. From Waiakea in Hiro, we agreed to proceed along the eastern shore, till an opportunity should offer for part of our number to cross over the mountains of Kohala, while the rest should travel along the shore, round the north point of the island, and meet their companions at Towaihae, whence they could return direct to Oahu, if a means of conveyance should present itself, or to Kairua, and there wait for a vessel. (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…?


 

 

 

Cocos nucifera

The coconut is distributed around the world in the tropics, but is thought to have originated in Polynesia. Nuts floating in the ocean currents, or brought to Islands by ancient sea-farers of long ago, colonized the Islands in the tropical Pacific. The coconut was a staple for both food and drink for the inhabitants of the Islands, and also provided oil, wood, and fiber, as well as leaves for weaving and thatch for roofing.

This particular variety of coconut palm is called the Samoan Dwarf Coconut. Although it grows as tall as any other coconut, it begins to flower and produce coconuts when its trunk is less than 10 feet in length (sometimes even 3 feet), and so the nuts are easier to harvest for a refreshing drink.

The inflorescence produces relatively few female flowers at the base of its branches, while male flowers are produced abundantly along most of the more distal portions of the branches of the inflorescence. This pattern of flower production in which there are separate male and female flowers produced on the same plant is referred to as being “monoecious”. Another familiar example of a monoecious plant would be corn, with the male flowers in the tassel and the female flowers being in the ear, but both being on the same plant.

The coconut will not sprout while it is moving about in the water, but, upon becoming motionless on the beach, it will sprout. The shoot emerges from the soft “eye” that can be seen on a dehusked nut, which is located at the same end of the coconut as was attached to the inflorescence. The husk does not have to be removed from the coconut for it to be able to sprout. The plants are obviously extremely salt-tolerant, growing right on the beach.

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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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The first Friday in March is Employee Appreciation Day in the United States…


Bosses across the United States have the chance to support, thank and reward workers on Employee Appreciation Day on the first Friday in March.

Employee Appreciation Day is a non-official day and there’s no real authority on what needs to be done, but if you’re a boss and want to show your team just how much you appreciate them, you could try out some of these ideas: Training new staff is costly, and employers use all manners of techniques to boost worker morale and help retain employees and their valuable expertise. Employee Recognition is a large industry in its own right, and there are university studies dedicated to organizational behavior all over the world.

  • Treat your staff to breakfast, lunch or snacks.
  • Host an office party or an after-work get-together for your staff.
  • Organize an outdoor team building exercise, like a tug-of-war or a fun office quiz.
  • Take fun pictures and post them on the company social media pages to show the world just how much you care!

Good people are hard to find.

Businesses carry on as usual on Employee Appreciation Day. It is an observance in the US, but not a public holiday.

Give your workers some of the day off so they can spend it at Botanical World…

Botanical World Adventures                               Gardens, Waterfalls & Maze

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

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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).

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

 

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