O’ahu was in bloom while we were there. There are always flowers blooming, but it seemed that there were so many more at this time of year. Here is a small sample of what we saw.
The plumeria trees were lovely and fragrant. They come in a number of colors and are a popular flower for lei making.
The Ti plant is a common garden plant that was brought to Hawaii by the Polynesians long before Cook’s arrival. It was used for many things including roof thatching, clothing, rope, food wrappers and plates, and whistles. It comes in shades of red and green and is easy to grow.
This interesting Seagrape tree with clusters of edible fruits was growing on the little beach near our rented home.
The Prickly Pear cactus, a plant that was brought from Mexico was in full bloom as we hiked up Makapu’u Point.
This little cactus was also in bloom on Makapu’u point. We found it on Koko Crater too. The plant is relatively small and low to the ground. The balloon like bud opens to a fabulous flower that is easily 8″ across.
We visited the beautiful cactus garden at Kapiolani Community College on the slopes of Diamond Head. I have always loved cactus and there were so many in bloom. Here are probably way too many pictures of this incredible place.
A drive north across the island takes you by old abandoned sugar cane fields and coffee and pineapple plantations. By the end of the twentieth century, Hawaii’s sugar industry could not compete with cheap sugar production around the world but the culture of sugar largely made Hawaii what it is today.
Rows of coffee plants:
Naupaka is native to Hawaii and grows in clumps among the dunes near the ocean. At Kaena Point, the Laysan Albatross and the Wedge-tailed Shearwater nest among them.