August 15th is Assumption Day in United States…

AssumptionChristian churches in the United States celebrate the feast of the Assumption on August 15 each year to honor the belief that Jesus’ mother was taken to heaven.

Many Christians in the United States attend church service and have big feasts to celebrate Mary’s rise into heaven on Assumption Day. Although it is not celebrated as extravagantly as other countries, there are many states that have festivals with music, dancing, food vendors, artwork, parades and firework shows to celebrate this event.

Assumption Day, which is on August 15, is not a public holiday in the United States so schools, government offices and businesses are open. Public transport providers run to their usual schedules. In New York City, the laws regarding which side of the street you can park on are suspended for Assumption Day. Assumption Day is considered a Holy Day of Obligation, but if it falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, it is not obligatory by the church to attend mass.  This was amended in the church calendar by US (United States) bishops in 1991.

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The Natives Account of Captain Cook’s Death…

There are a number of persons at Kaavaroa, and other places in the islands, who either were present themselves at the unhappy dispute, which in this vicinity terminated the valuable life of the celebrated Captain Cook, or who, from their connection with those who were on the spot, are well acquainted with the particulars of that melancholy event. With many of them we have frequently conversed, and though their narratives differ in a few smaller points, they all agree in the main facts with the account published by Captain King, his successor. “The foreigner,” they say, “was not to blame; for, in the first instance, our people stole his boat, and he, in order to recover it, designed to take our king on board his ship, and detain him there till it should be restored. Kapena Kuke” and Taraiopu our king were walking together towards the shore, when our people, conscious of what had been done, thronged round the king, and objected to his going any further. His wife also joined her entreaties that he would not go on board the ships. While he was hesitating, a man came running from the other side of the bay, entered the crowd almost breathless, and exclaimed, ‘It is war!” the foreigners have commenced hostilities, have fired on a canoe from one of their boats, and killed a chief.” This enraged some of our people, and alarmed the chiefs, as they feared Captain Cook would kill the king. The people armed themselves with stones, clubs, and spears. Kanona entreated her husband not to go. The king sat down. The captain seemed agitated, and was walking towards his boat, when one of our men attacked him with a spear: he turned, and with his double-barreled gun shot the man who struck him. Some of our people then threw stones at him, which being seen by his men they fired on us. Captain Cook then endeavoured to stop his men from firing, but could not, on account of the noise. He was turning again to speak to us, when he was stabbed in the back with a pahoa, a spear was at the same time driven through his body; he fell into the water, and spoke no more. After he was dead, we all wailed.

We have several times inquired, particularly of the natives acquainted with the circumstances, whether Captain Cook was facing them, or had his back towards them, when he received the fatal thrust; and their answer, in general, has been as here stated, which accords very nearly with Captain King’s account, who says, “Our unfortunate commander, the last time he was seen distinctly, was standing at the water’s edge, and calling out to the boats to cease firing, and pull in. If it be true, as some of those present have imagined, that the marines and boatmen fired without his orders, and that he was desirous of preventing any further bloodshed, it is not improbable, that his humanity, on this occasion, proved fatal to him: for it was remarked, that whilst he faced the natives, none of them had offered him any violence, but that having turned about, to give his orders to the boats, he was stabbed in the back, and fell with his face into the water.” (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…?

Guzmania lingulata.

The colorful, vase-like plants growing in the soil and climbing up several of the palm trees nearby are part of our Garden Bromeliad Patch. Along the Rainbow Walk we have more than a dozen kinds of bromeliads growing together. There are over 3,000 species included in the bromeliad family, and many hundreds of varieties are grown as ornamental plants. With so many to choose from, we just do not have room for many more, although elsewhere in the Garden we have other different species growing. Some are usually in bloom and some display variously colored leaves, or both.

Bromeliads and pineapples are related, being in the same plant family–Bromeliaceae. Many Bromeliads are epiphytic—that is, they grow in or on trees or other plants—and many of them catch water in their central leaf whorl. In tropical rainforests, these tiny ponds nurture many kinds of organisms (e.g., algae, various insects, tree frogs) in a unique ecosystem, many feet above the forest floor.

Many different kinds of Bromeliads are sold in the nursery trade as beautiful flowering plants and/or strikingly colorful foliage plants that remain attractive for quite a long time before the inflorescence fades and the leaves of the mother plant wither. A few of the different species most note-worthy along the Rainbow Walk are: Guzmania lingulata, with its 12-18 inch tall yellow or red-orange inflorescence; Aechmea blanchetiana, with its long, wide coppery-bronze foliage and 6 foot tall red-yellow-orange inflorescence; and the numerous plants of Neoregelia caroliniae, with its pink center surrounded by glossy green leaves, that seems to be equally at home climbing a palm tree or growing in the soil.

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August 4th is U.S. Coast Guard Birthday in the United States…

USCG

The history of the United States Coast Guard goes back to the Revenue Cutter Service, which was founded on 4 August 1790 as part of the Department of the Treasury. The Coast Guard’s predecessor service, the Revenue Cutter Service, was founded 4 August 1790, when the Tariff Act permitted construction of ten cutters and recruitment of 100 revenue officers. In 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service and the Life-saving Service were merged to form the Coast Guard. The Lighthouse Service was merged into the Coast Guard in 1939. On 28 February 1942, the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests and environment around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship. Since its inception, the U.S. Coast Guard has aided in major military operations including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. They also played a pivotal role in the Mariel boatlift, the Exxon Valdez oil spill response, and Hurricane Katrina response.

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Take Our Guided Horticultural Tour…

Swinging Bridge
On our exquisite 2-hour walking tour, one of our horticultural experts will point out fascinating facts about the beautiful flowers and plants in our extensive botanical collection and answer questions about tropical plants.

Your horticultural guide will first lead you to a spectacular view of Kamaee Falls, proclaimed to be one of Hawaii’s most beautiful and pristine waterfalls. This location is a must stop for both novice and professional photographers alike.

From there, you will be taking an unhurried stroll through our tropical Rainforest Trail. Watch other guests zipping high in the forest canopy and listen as our experts explain the many and varied uses of tropical plants, allowing you to smell the flowers and taste some of the ripe fruit. Continuing down the trail, you will encounter a quiet, serene, natural spring-fed stream lined by many of Hawaii’s unique plants and trees.

At the halfway point of your tour, you have the option to add a delicious lunch. Prepared and served for our guests, this unique option must be reserved in advance. Everyone will be able to partake in dessert – a sampling of fresh fruit from our own gardens.

Following the fruit and refreshment break, the group will proceed to our final destination, the magnificent Rainbow Walk. This portion of the tour meanders along a paved walkway surrounded by thousands of tropical plants.

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