February 8th is Chinese New Year in the United States…

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Chinese comprised the largest Asian group in the United States. Chinese historical organizations in the United States can trace the arrival of the Chinese in North, Central and South America as far back as the 1600s. With immigration, came Chinese traditions and events such as Chinese New Year, which is now largely celebrated in many communities across the United States.

Chinese New Year has various symbols and traditions. For example, flowers are an important part of New Year decorations. Writings that refer to good luck are often seen in homes and business environments. They are usually written by brush on a diamond-shaped piece of red paper. Tangerines and oranges are also displayed in many homes and stores as a sign of luck and wealth.

Envelopes with money often come in the color red, which symbolizes happiness, good luck, success and good fortune. These envelopes are mainly given as presents to children. Each Chinese New Year is associated with an animal name for one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.

From all of us at Botanical World…Have a very Happy Holiday.

 

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Let yourself go…

Zip-Isle

Come enjoy Zip Isle Zip Line Adventures at Botanical World on the Hamakua Coast just a few minutes from Hilo. We are open every day of the week, every week of the year for your enjoyment!

With Zip Isle, guests can have a complete Hawaiian Eco Tour Adventure. Combined with the many other features of the World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls that are included in your admission, you get the best of the Big Island experience in one location.

You will experience the thrill of a lifetime but still have time to see the other unique features of the Big Island including views of the volcano, waterfalls, whales (in winter), the rain forest and other nearby wonders that await you.

Before or after you go zipping, you can view beautiful Kamaee Falls and walk through acres of lush tropical gardens. Non-zipping family members can stroll through our Rainforest Trail and watch you zip while they experience the beauty of the tropical landscape. Young and old alike can enjoy strolling through the world’s second largest Herbaceous Maze. 

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A Visited to Pu’ukohola heiau…

At 6 A. M. on July 8th, 1823 I visited the large heiau or temple called Pu’ukohola. It stands on an eminence in the southern part of the district, and was built by Kamehameha about thirty years ago, when he was engaged in conquering Hawaii, and the rest of the Sandwich Islands. He had subdued Maui, Lanai, and Molokai, and was preparing, from the latter, to invade Oahu, but in consequence of a rebellion in the south and east parts of Hawaii, was obliged to return thither. When he had overcome those who had rebelled, he finished the heiau, dedicated it to Ku his god of war, and then proceeded to the conquest of Oahu. Its shape is an irregular parallelogram, 224 feet long, and 100 wide. The entrance to the temple is by a narrow passage between two high walls. As I passed along this avenue, an involuntary shuddering seized me, on reflecting how often it had been trodden by the feet of those who relentlessly bore the murdered body of the human victim an offering to their cruel idols. The upper terrace within the area was spacious, and much better finished than the lower ones. It was paved with various flat smooth stones, brought from a considerable distance. At the south end was a kind of inner court, which might be called the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, where the principal idol used to stand, surrounded by a number of images of inferior deities. In the centre of this inner court was the place where the anu was erected, which was a lofty frame of wickerwork, in shape something like an obelisk, hollow, and four or five feet square at the bottom. Within this the priest stood, as the organ of communication from the god, whenever the king came to inquire his will; for his principal god was also his oracle, and when it was to be consulted, the king, accompanied by two or three attendants, proceeded to the door of the inner temple, and standing immediately before the obelisk, inquired respecting the declaration of war, the conclusion of peace, or any other affair of importance. The answer was given by the priest in a distinct and audible voice, though, like that of other oracles, it was frequently very ambiguous. On the return of the king, the answer he had received was publicly proclaimed, and generally acted upon. On the outside, near the entrance to the inner court, was the place of the altar, on which human and other sacrifices were offered. The remains of one of the pillars that supported it were pointed out by the natives, and the pavement around was strewed with bones of men and animals, the moldering remains of those numerous offerings once presented there. About the centre of the terrace was the spot where the king’s sacred house stood, in which he resided during the season of strict taboo, and at the north end, the place occupied by the houses of priests, who, with the exception of the king, were the only persons permitted to dwell within the sacred enclosure. Holes were seen on the walls, all around this, as well as the lower terraces, where wooden idols of varied size and shape formerly stood, casting their hideous stare in every direction. Ku, or Kuka’ilimoku, a large wooden idol, crowned with a helmet, and covered with red feathers, the favorite war-god of Kamehameha, was the principal idol. To him the heiau was dedicated, and for his occasional residence it was built. On the day in which he was brought within its precincts, vast offerings of fruit, hogs, and dogs, were presented, and no less than eleven human victims immolated on its altars. And, although the huge pile now resembles a dismantled fortress, whose frown no longer strikes terror through the surrounding country, yet it is impossible to walk over such a Golgotha, or contemplate a spot which must often have resembled a pandemonium more than anything on earth, without a strong feeling of horror at the recollection of the bloody and infernal rites so frequently practiced within its walls. (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…?

Lantana camara

This plant also known as big sage was brought to Hawaii as an ornamental plant quite a few years ago. Unfortunately, as has been the case with many other kinds of plants brought to the islands, it has proven to be invasive, and, to make matters worse, it is also poisonous to grazing livestock. Birds will eat the black, round berries (also poisonous to people if eaten) produced by the plant and thus spread seeds over a wide area, including pasture lands.

The flowers are produced in tight, umbel-like heads at the tips of the leafy shoots. Often there are several differently colored flowers in each inflorescence. For example, one might see yellow/orange/red flowers all together in a single inflorescence. The stems of the plant are 4-sided, and produce numerous short, but sharp tiny thorns along their length. The leaves have a rough feel to their surface, and emit a pungent odor when crushed. Older shrubs can attain a height of up to about 6 feet and a spread of 8 feet. Plants grow best in full sun. Locally, plants will bloom much more profusely if they are treated regularly with a miticide.

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Get Involved, Become a Member…

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Individuals 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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Groundhog Day falls on February 2nd in the United States.

Groundhog DayGroundhog Day is a popular observance in many parts of the United States. Although some states have in some cases adopted their own groundhogs, the official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, lives at Gobbler’s Knob near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. 

Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the United States in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob was made on February 2, 1887. It is said that Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) was named after King Phillip. He was called Br’er Groundhog prior to being known as Phil.  

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club plays an important role in organizing Groundhog Day in the town. Club members, news reporters, locals and visitors meet at Gobbler’s Knob on February 2 each year to await Phil’s appearance and his weather prediction. Many weather researchers questioned the groundhog’s accuracy in predicting the weather but some of the groundhog’s fans may not agree. 

Groundhog Day is an observance but it is not a public holiday in the United States. 

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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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