An Old Heiau of Captain Cook…

Leaving Kailua early, in a canoe with four men, provided by the governor, Messrs. Thurston and Goodrich reached Kaavaroa about nine o’clock in the morning. Kamakau was waiting for them, and seemed to rejoice at their arrival. Shortly after, the missionaries passed over Kealakekua Bay, in a canoe, landed on the opposite side, and walked along the shore about a mile. Here, in a large house, they collected about three hundred people; to whom Mr. Thurston preached, and was pleased with the interest they manifested. Returning to the southern side of Kealakekua Bay, where they had left their canoe, they passed the ruins of an old heiau, the Heiau mentioned in Captain Cook’s voyage, where the observatory was erected. The remaining walls were one hundred feet long and fifteen high, and the space within was strewed with animal and human bones, the relics of the sacrifices once offered there; a scene truly affecting to a Christian mind. About sunset, Mr. Goodrich ascended a neighboring height, and visited the spot where the body of the unfortunate Captain Cook was cut to pieces, and the flesh, after being separated from the bones, was burnt. It is a small enclosure, about fifteen feet square, surrounded by a wall five feet high; within is a kind of hearth, raised about eighteen inches from the ground, and encircled by a curb of rude stones. Here the fire was kindled on the above occasion; and the place is still strewed with charcoal. The natives mention the interment of another foreigner on this spot; but could not tell to what country he belonged, or the name of the vessel in which he was brought. (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.)

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Did You Know…?

Arachis pintoi.

This close relative of the edible peanut was discovered relatively recently in Brazil in the 1950’s by the Brazilian botanist Geraldo Pinto. Although it does produce a very small peanut (not eaten) underground, the plant is best known as an excellent forage (eaten by grazing livestock) crop—especially so because it fixes nitrogen and is a perennial plant. It was released in Hawaii by the University as a multiple-use plant, as it is also an excellent ground-cover plant, which can be maintained less than 6 inches tall either by grazing or by mowing.

We use it in the Gardens as a soil-stabilizing, weed-controlling ground-cover plant. Its foliage covers the ground so densely that light-requiring weed seeds won’t sprout from beneath its cover. Its bright yellow (mainly summer) flowers contrast nicely with its emerald-green foliage. Fortunately, and importantly for us, it does not appear to be attractive to foraging feral pigs, unlike some other kinds of ground-cover plants.

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Stay at our Hale Mala Pua…

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Our Hale Mala Pua (Garden Home) is the perfect place for family and friends to gather or for a romantic getaway on the stunning Hamakua Coast. This spacious plantation house (2,200 square feet) is located just north of Hilo in the lush and tropical environment of World Botanical Gardens in Hakalau. With 2 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Bathrooms, Gourmet Kitchen with enormous refrigerator/ freezer , Living Room & Covered Lanai with ocean views. Access to World Botanical Gardens included for all days of your stay. Fruit Orchard & plenty of outdoor space.

The home has 2 Master Suites, which is as perfect for a couple on a romantic trip, a family with kids or anybody just longing for privacy. Great for the couple wanting a wedding in the gardens with their honeymoon cottage awaiting on the property. This home is very clean and tastefully decorated. For your cooking pleasure the kitchen is fully stocked and open to the inside dining area so that you can prepare meals while you socialize.

The property is just across the street from the amazing World Botanical Gardens and the Botanical World Adventures where you will be welcomed by the staff and given special rates. Each week stay gets one free tour for one person (up to $167 value) – the longer your stay the more free tours! The rest of your guests will receive a discount on the tours. There are guided zip line, Segway and walking tours at the gardens for an array of fun just outside your front door. You will even come away with new understanding of the plants that envelope you.

Within minutes there are surf and swimming spots like Hakalau Veterans Beach Park to dip in the water or boogie board. Less than an hour drive in either direction the power of flowing lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, golfing, magical driving tours, Hilo farmer’s market, ATV tours and so much more! Or circle the whole island on a day trip.

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November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States…

Veterans Day

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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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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We meet a local Prophet…

In the forenoon of the first of July, two posts of observation were fixed, and a base line of 200 feet was measured, in order to ascertain the height of Mouna Huararai; but the summit being covered with clouds, they were obliged to defer their observation. In the afternoon they walked through the S. E. part of the town to select a spot in which to dig for fresh water. After an accurate investigation of the places adjacent, in which they thought it might be found, they chose a valley, about half a mile from the residence of the governor, and near the entrance of Raniakea, as the spot where they were most likely to meet with success. The 4th of July being the anniversary of the American independence, guns were fired at the fort, the colors hoisted, and a hospitable entertainment given at the governor’s table. The missionaries employed the greater part of the day at the well, which early in the morning they had commenced. In the evening, while at tea, considerable attention was attracted by a slender man, with a downcast look, in conversation with the governor. It afterwards appeared, that this was a stranger, from Maui, who wished to be thought a prophet, affirming that he was inspired by a shark that enabled him to tell future events. The governor said, many of the people believed in him, and from them he obtained a living. The excavations of the well proceeded but slowly during the next day. Hard and closely imbedded lava rendered the work difficult. But as the governor promises assistance, they are encouraged to proceed. (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…?

Gossypium barbadense – Cotton

Cotton played a major role in the early history of the USA, and is, even today, a very important agricultural crop in long-season growing regions of the world. This species of cotton originated in warmer parts of the Amazon Basin, but, upon its “discovery” by Europeans, was taken to Barbados to be grown as a fiber source before being disseminated to other cotton-growing areas, hence its species name. Since it is a woody plant, in the tropics it grows into a small tree. However, tree-sized cotton plants are rarely seen by most people from regions where it freezes in the winter.

The yellow, hibiscus-like flowers open in the early morning, and by early afternoon develop a pale pinkish tinge, and by evening they become dark pink and close, only to fall off the plant by the next morning. The developing fruit of the cotton plant is called a “boll”. One serious insect pest of cotton is called the “boll weevil”, and it nearly destroyed the industry in the USA before pesticides brought it under control. The boll on this species of cotton splits open into three sections, exposing the white cotton hairs that actually grow from the seeds embedded in the cotton.

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Hakalau, Hawaii 96710                                    Have you Visited us in the Past?

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