Did You Know…?

Delonix regia.

This is the large, spreading tree growing in the center of the Bromeliad patch. It is so beautiful in bloom (during the summer) that it has been distributed around the world in the tropics. It grows and blooms very well in South Florida. When they are in bloom, the Hohenbergia stellata bromeliads growing around the base of the trunk of the Royal Poinciana tree are beautiful, too, with their long lived coral pink inflorescences bedecked with blue flowers.

There is such a difference in the weather between the windward and the leeward sides of this Island that many kinds of plants exhibit different growth and flowering patterns depending on which side of the Island they are grown. Because it is so warm and sunny on the leeward side, one can find Royal Poinciana Trees blooming and in leaf the year around in Kona, and the same can be said for Plumeria. On our cooler, less sunny side of the Island, the tree goes dormant and loses most or all of its leaves until around the beginning of April, when it begins to grow again.

It produces long, dark-brown, flat pods (legumes) after the blooms have faded. The numerous, hard-coated seeds germinate easily upon planting in warm, moist soil, and young trees grow rapidly, although they may not bloom for 4 to 5 years. If you get the opportunity to examine an individual inflorescence, you should take the time to do so, as the individual flowers are very attractive and resemble some kinds of orchids. They are not fragrant.

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Get Involved, Become a Member…

HEADER_frameIndividuals 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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August 17th is Statehood Day in Hawaii in the United States…

hawaii-statehood-dayHawaii’s Statehood Day is an annual state holiday on the third Friday of August. It commemorates the anniversary Hawaii’s statehood.

During World War II, Oahu served as the command post for the US operations in the Pacific. Large portions of Hawaii were turned over for the US military bases. After the war, 93% of the registered voters favored statehood.

However, because of the many ethnicities present, there was resistance to Hawaii’s statehood from segregated southern U.S. states. A primary election took place in Hawaii on June 27, 1959, and various statehood propositions received many votes on that day. Following the certification of the election results, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation on August 21, 1959, declaring Hawaii to be the 50th state

There is a fair amount of debate surrounding this holiday, which has sparked discussions among locals. Some say that the day, which was formerly known as Admission Day, should either be removed or celebrated on a larger scale. There are those who say that no official celebrations are held on the day and describe it as a silent day. Many opinions voice out that the anniversary of statehood is virtually ignored. Some people write messages or newspaper articles to promote the holiday, wishing the state a “happy birthday”.

Hawaii’s Statehood Day is a state holiday so government offices are closed, as well as schools and major universities. Some bus companies may observe the public holiday, while others operate seven days a week, including all holidays. Ferries may also operate on the holiday. People planning to use public transit services on this day can check with the local public transit service providers prior to travelling.

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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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Why the Captain’s Boat was Taken…

Many of the chiefs frequently express the sorrow they feel whenever they think of the Captain; and even the common people usually speak of these facts with apparent regret. Yet they exonerate him from all blame, as nothing was done by his orders. I was once in a house in Oahu with Karaimoku, and several other chiefs, looking over the plates in the folio edition of Cook’s Voyages. They were greatly affected with the print which represented his death, and inquired if I knew the names of those who were slain on that occasion. I perceived Karaimoku more than once wipe the tears from his eyes, while conversing about this melancholy event. He said, he recollected Captain Cook’s visit, if not also his person, though he was at Maui at the time of his death. We have sometimes asked them what inducement they had to steal the boat, when they possessed so many canoes of their own. They have generally answered, that they did not take it to transport themselves from one island to another, for their own canoes were more convenient, and they knew better how to manage them; but because they saw it was not sewed together, but fastened with nails. These they wanted,— therefore stole the boat, and broke it to pieces the next day, in order to obtain the nails to make fish-hooks with. We have every reason to believe that this was the principal, if not the only motive, by which they were actuated in committing the depredation which ultimately led to such unhappy consequences. They prize nails very highly; that the fishermen would rather receive a wrought nail, to make of it a fish-hook according to their own taste, than the best English-made fish-hook we could give them. It has been supposed that the circumstance of Captain Cook’s bones being separated, and the flesh taken from them, was evidence of a savage and unrelenting barbarity; but so far from this, it was the result of the highest respect they could shew him.  (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…?

Archontophoenix alexandrae. 

Palm Family. As you drive along the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island, you can see large numbers of this tall, graceful palm growing in many of the gulches, looking like they are part of the indigenous flora.

Actually, they were brought here from the Australia-New Guinea area and have since become naturalized into the local vegetation. They are used occasionally as landscape plants, but they grow so tall so quickly that they tend get out of proportion with a small site, so, as always, care needs to be taken in the planning process to choose the right plant for the location. 

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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?

Mile Marker 16 on Highway 19                       Why not Write a review?

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