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Why not Experience your Holiday at Botanical World…
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).
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The Sandwich Islands not being surrounded with coral reefs, there is but little smooth water; and the roughness of the sea, most likely, induced them generally to select terra firma for their theatre of war. They do not appear to have practiced many stratagems in war, seldom laid ambushes, generally sought open warfare, and but rarely attacked in the night. Whenever they expected an action, they proceeded to hoonoho ka kaua, (fix the war, or set their army in battle array,) for which they had a regular system, and adopted various methods for attack and defense, according to the nature of the ground, force of the enemy, When about to engage in an open plain, their army, drawn up for battle, consisted of a centre and wings, the latter considerably in advance, and the line curved in form of a crescent. The slingers, and those who threw the javelin, were in general distributed through the whole line. Every chief led his own men to battle, and took his position according to the orders of the commanding chieftain, whose station was always in the centre. The king generally commanded in person, or that authority was exercised by the highest chief among the warriors; occasionally, however, a chief inferior in rank, but distinguished by courage, or military talents and address, has been raised to the supreme command. When they fought in a defile, or narrow pass, they advanced in a single column. The first division, or advanced guard, was called the verau, or point, the name they also give to a bayonet. The other parts of the column were called by different names; the pohivi, or shoulder, was generally considered the strongest section. The chief who commanded was in the centre. Their weapons consisted of the pololu, a spear made of hard wood, from sixteen to twenty feet long, and pointed at one end. The ihe, or javelin, about six feet in length, made of a species of hard red wood, resembling mahogany, called kauira, pointed and barbed. The raau parau, a weapon eight or nine feet long, between a club and spear, somewhat resembling a halbert, with which they were accustomed to thrust or strike, and the pahoa, or dagger, eighteen inches or two feet in length, made of the hard wood, sometimes pointed at both ends, and having a string attached to the handle, which passed round the wrist to prevent their losing it in action. Besides these, they employed the sling, and their stones were very destructive. The slings were made of human hair, plaited, or the elastic fibres of the cocoa-nut husk; the stones they employed were about the size of a hen’s egg, generally ponderous pieces of compact lava, from the bed of a stream or the sea-beach, where they had been worn smooth by the action of the water. They had no shields or weapons of defense, except the javelin, which they used in warding off those that might be thrown at them; they were very expert in avoiding a stone, if they saw it thrown, and the spearmen excelled in parrying the thrusts of their enemies’ spears. (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.)
Philippine Medinilla is a species in the genus Medinilla native to the Philippines. This species of Medinilla is also commonly known as the Philippine orchid, and it is an epiphyte. Various species and hybrids in this family are well known and popular with plant collectors with Medinilla speciosa or the Showy Asian Grape plant being found almost identical. The terminal ends of the shoots are flat and appear to be covered by tiny warts—very different in appearance from most other plant shoot tips.
The major attraction of this plant is its unique and beautiful pink inflorescence, which, in another species, is followed by vividly contrasting purple round berries held together by the pink stems. This particular plant is receiving more shade than it should have if it is to bloom to its full potential. Nevertheless, it does produce a few blooms, mostly during the early summer. Several other species of Medinilla are grown locally as ornamental flowering plants.
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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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Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half-mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. Some schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am.
In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. The Congress also requested that the president should “issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”
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