Did You Know…?

 

Jatropha podagraca.

This plant gets its name from the swollen base of its gray-barked, otherwise slender trunk, which resemble a gout-afflicted finger and swollen joint. The bromeliads growing around the base of the plant make it difficult to see the basal swelling. It produces rather rounded leaves which have the petiole attached towards the center of the blade. Such a leaf is called a peltate leaf, and is not a very common leaf type. Nasturtium, Taro and Lotus are other examples of plants producing peltate leaves.

The inflorescence is a bright red-orange, and consists of numerous small male flowers surrounding a few larger female flowers. If a fruit or two develops, it grows as a 3-lobed green capsule which turns brown at maturity, with each lobe or chamber of the capsule containing one peanut-sized seed. The plant is easy to grow from a seed, and grows best in full sun.

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Visit Our Maze For All Ages…

Childrens MazeAdjacent to the Rainbow Walk is our Maze For All Ages, the world’s second largest permanently planted maze. Covering an area more than the size of a football field, it consists of thousands of mock orange bushes planted in a regular array of hedge work.

With lots of false turns and only one correct path, this maze is fun for young and old alike. The hedge is kept to a height of five feet, so as to allow adults to see over the hedges if necessary, but still allow everyone to wander the paths to find their way to the only correct exit.

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September 3rd is Labor Day in United States…

Labor Day

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events.

The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches. This is less common now, but is sometimes seen in election years. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed. Some public celebrations, such as fireworks displays, picnics and barbecues, are organized, but they are usually low key events. For many teams, it is the start of the football season. As it is the last chance for many people to take summer trips, there may be some congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.

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Experience Kailua Kona Hawaii on a Segway PT…


Going thru Kailua Kona on a Segway® Personal Transporter (PT) is such a cool experience. When you’re on a Segway PT you know you are having fun because of the Segway Smile, and when you glide thru the town — it just doesn’t get any better! 

Kona Intro Tour

This tour is the first time Segwaynian. The tour offer instruction and a short ride down the path of kings, Alii drive. A perfect way to be introduced to the Segway P/T Cruiser.  This tour is 30 Mins. 

Old Kona Town Tour

The Old Kona Town Tour is the perfect way to see Kona town and learn some fun fact and history while gliding along on your Segway Personal Transporter. The tour starts at the historical Kona Inn and continues downs Alii drive, gliding by Hulihe’e  Palace, Moku’aikaua Church and Ahu’ena  Heiau, the residents of Kamehameha I. until his death in 1819. The tour continues down Alii Drive to St. Michael Church, Waiaha Beach Park (Honis) and back to The Kona Inn. This tour is 1 hour. 

Historical Kona Town Tour

The Kona Historical Tour offers the beginner and novice alike a chance to glide threw Kona experiencing the history and the mana  that made  Old Kona Town. The tour starts at The Kona Inn and glides down  Alii drive to Hulihe’e Palace , Moku’aikaua Church, Kamakahonu , White Sands Beach, and Ku’emanu Heiau, which was dedicated to the sport of surfing. Visit ancient stone walls erected  by ancient residents of Hawaii who were known for their overnight feats of architectural  engineering called  Menehunes. As we glide down Kona coast line, you  will have a chance to take in the breath taking vistas that make Hawaii’s beaches world famous.  This tour is 2 hours.

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The Mystery of Captain Cook’s Remains…

The missionaries in the Society Islands had, by means of some Sandwich islanders, been long acquainted with the circumstance of some of Captain Cook’s bones being preserved in one of their temples, and receiving religious worship; and since the time of my arrival in company with the deputation from the London Missionary Society, in 1822, every endeavour has been made to learn, though without success, whether they were still in existence, and where they were kept.

The best conclusion we may form is, that part of Captain Cook’s bones were preserved by the priests, and were considered sacred, by the people, probably, till the abolition of idolatry in 1819: that, at that period they were committed to the secret care of some chief, or deposited by the priests who had charge of them, in a cave, unknown to all besides, themselves. The manner in which they were then disposed of, will, it is presumed, remain a secret, till the knowledge of it. is entirely lost. The priests and chiefs always appear. Unwilling to enter into conversation on the subject, and desirous, to avoid the recollection of the unhappy, circumstance. From the above, account, as well as, every other statement given by the natives, it is, evident that the: death of Captain Cook was unpremeditated, and resulted from their dread of his anger; a sense of danger, on the momentary impulse of passion, exciting them to revenge the death of the chief who had been shot, Few intelligent visitors leave Hawaii without making a pilgrimage to the spot where he fell. We have often visited it, and, though several natives have been our guides on different occasions, they have invariably conducted us, to the same place. A number of cocoa-nut trees grow near the shore, and there are perforations through two of them, which the natives, say, were produced by the balls fired from the boats on the occasion, of his death, We have never walked over these rocks, without emotions of melancholy interest. The mind invariably reverts to the circumstances of their discovery;, the: satisfaction of the visitors; the surprise of the natives; the worship they paid to their discoverer; and the fatal catastrophe which here terminated his days; and, although in every event we acknowledge an over-ruling Providence, we cannot but lament the untimely end of a man whose discoveries contributed so much to the advancement of science, and led the way for the philosopher in his extended researches, the merchant in his distant commerce, and the missionary in his errand of mercy. (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…?

Yucca gigantea.

This plant is frequently seen as a house-plant on the mainland, and it rarely blooms indoors. Here in the Gardens, it blooms in early summer, and possibly again in late summer. Its terminal inflorescence is quite large—up to 5 feet in height—and contains hundreds of creamy white bell-shaped flowers between 1 and 2 inches wide. From a distance it looks like a big pop-corn ball atop the leafy crown of dark green foliage. Unlike many other species of Yucca, its leaves are not tipped with dangerously long, sharp thorns.

It is easy to start a new plant from a piece of the stem, as it roots easily upon contact with the soil. Here it does not seem to produce any fruits or seeds, probably because there are not suitable pollinators around. 

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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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