The Arrival of Missionaries in the Sandwich Islands…

In the month of March 1822 we reached the Sandwich Islands, and received a cordial welcome from the king and chiefs, to whom the generous present of the British government was peculiarly acceptable. Shortly after our arrival, a public council of the king and chiefs of Hawaii was held at Oahu. Auna and his companion, from Huahine, were invited to attend, and had an opportunity of answering the inquiries of the king and chiefs relative to the events which had transpired in the Society Islands, and of testifying to the feelings of friendship and esteem entertained by Pomare, and the rulers of those islands, much to the satisfaction of the latter; who were convinced that the reports which had been circulated among them respecting the hostile intentions of the southern islanders, and the dangerous influence of Christian missions there, were totally groundless. We did not expect, when we first arrived, to spend more than a fortnight or three weeks in the Sandwich Islands; but circumstances unforeseen, and entirely beyond our control, detained us four months in Oahu. In two months I was enabled to converse with facility, and preach to the people in their own language, which I soon perceived was only a dialect of that spoken by the natives of Tahiti, and the neighboring islands. Auna and his companion were at the same time diligently and acceptably employed in teaching some chiefs of distinction in Hawaii, who requested that he would relinquish his voyage to the Marquesas, and fix his residence among them; to which he cheerfully consented. Several of the principal chiefs also expressed a wish that I should associate with the teachers already engaged in their instruction. The American missionaries at the same time affectionately inviting me to join them, and the measure meeting the approbation of the deputation, it appeared my duty to comply with their request.

Early in February, 1823, I returned to Oahu with my family, experienced a kind reception from the king and chiefs, and was privileged to commence my missionary pursuits in harmonious co-operation with my predecessors, the American missionaries, who were diligently employed in their benevolent exertions for the spiritual well-being of the nation; avoiding, as they have uniformly done ever since, all interference with the civil, commercial, and political concerns of the people, and attending solely to their instruction in useful knowledge and religious truth. (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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Psydrax odorata – Alahe’e

Also known as Ohe’e, it is indigenous to all the main Hawaiian Islands. Early Hawaiians valued it for its hard wood, which was made into spears, often used to capture octopus (Alahe’e means slippery like an octopus or squid.). The wood was also used to make certain tools like a pry-bar (‘o’o) or an “adz” for cutting softer woods like Hau or Kukui. Its fragrant flowers and glossy foliage likely led to its usage in lei making.

The Alahe’e plant grows into a medium-large shrub to small tree and is very tolerant of a wide range of moisture and soil types, growing from near sea level to almost 4,000 feet mauka, making it a useful landscape plant for sunny sites.

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Sunday September 10th is National Grandparents Day in the United States…

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National Grandparents Day has more than one origin. Some people consider it to have been first proposed by Michael Goldgar in the 1970s after he visited his aunt in an Atlanta nursing home, Spending $11,000 of his own money in lobbying efforts to have the day officially recognized, he made 17 trips to Washington DC over a seven-year span to meet with legislators.

Others consider Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia, to have been the main driver for the day of observance. Throughout the 1970s McQuade worked hard to educate the people about the important contributions senior citizens made and the contributions that they would be willing to make if asked. She also urged people to adopt a grandparent, not for one day a year and not for material giving, but for a lifetime of experience.

In any event National Grandparents Day was finally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. Marian McQuade received a phone call from the White House to advise her of this event. Many people believe that National Grandparents Day was inspired by her efforts. A presidential proclamation on September 6, 1979, made this day official – it designated Sunday, September 9, 1979, (being the “first Sunday of September following Labor Day”) as National Grandparents Day.

Each year the President is requested to issue a proclamation to: designate the first Sunday in September after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day; and to call on people, groups and organizations to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

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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.

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A Present from the British Government…

In the years 1792 and 1793, Captain Vancouver, while engaged in a voyage of discovery in the North Pacific, spent several months at the Sandwich Islands; and notwithstanding the melancholy catastrophe which had terminated the life of Captain Cook, whom he had accompanied, and the treacherous designs of the warlike and ambitious chiefs towards several of his predecessors, he met with the most friendly treatment from all parties, and received the strongest expressions of confidence from Kamehameha, sovereign of the whole group, who had been wounded in the skirmish that followed the death of their discoverer, but who had ever lamented with deepest regret that melancholy event. He alone had prevented the murderous intentions of his chieftains towards former vessels from being carried into effect; and it was his uniform endeavor to shew every mark of friendship to those who visited his dominions. His attachment to the English induced him, during the stay of Captain Vancouver, to cede the island of Hawaii to the British crown, and to place himself and his dominions under British protection; an act which was repeated by his son, the late king, on his accession to the sovereignty of all the islands. The natives received many advantages from the visit of Captain Vancouver; a breed of cattle, and a variety of useful seeds, had been given. Generous and disinterested in his whole behavior, he secured their friendship and attachment, and many still retain grateful recollections of his visit. After his departure, the islands were seldom resorted to, except by traders from the United States of America, who, having discovered among them the sandal-wood, conveyed large quantities of it to Canton, where it is readily purchased by the Chinese, manufactured into incense, and burnt in their idol temples. Subsequently, the South Sea whalers began to fish in the North Pacific, when the Sandwich Islands afforded a convenient rendezvous for refitting and procuring refreshments during their protracted voyages, particularly since they have found the sperm whale on the coast of Japan, where of late years the greater parts of their cargoes have been procured. (Ellis)

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Ilima: Sida fallax. – Ilima

In old Hawaii, this native flower was used to make lei ‘ilima (the royal lei) for the alii, either for the head or for the neck—requiring 1,000 flowers. This lei very much resembled the yellow feather lei made from feathers of the ‘o’o and worn only by royalty. Because it took so many flowers to make one lei, ilima plants were probably the only plants cultivated by the early Hawaiians exclusively for their flowers.

In 1926 the Territorial legislature chose ‘Ilima as the official flower of the island of O’ahu. The flowers open in the early morning, and wither and close in the evening. The flowers are edible and may be used as a garnish, being either slightly sweet or tasteless. Lei are still made today with ilima flowers either mixed with other flowers or by themselves.

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