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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 21, 2010
3:31 PM

Post #7646098

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/702427/

Vacationing on the only tropical Islands in the US? Share your experience here with us. We came from introductory postings from Maui (the second largest Island of Hawaii) above.

Every single Island has a flavor of its own, with their unique characteristics and beauties. This is but a brief introduction. Come and share our experience. Hilo the Big Island:

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 21, 2010
3:46 PM

Post #7646121

The beauty of the land, and the hospitality of the people. The natural beauty by itself is beyond words. We, DH and I spent a brief visit but already are making plans for a return visit.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 21, 2010
4:10 PM

Post #7646181

You can visit breath taken water falls, volcano craters all in one Island, seeing beautiful tropical flowers, plants birds whatever is your fancy. The big Island is the place to be. Not to mention taste the tropical fruits. Ahhh paradise!

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 21, 2010
4:26 PM

Post #7646222

African Tulips tree with their blazing red blossoms.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 21, 2010
4:35 PM

Post #7646243

Bananna anyone? Just kidding, gotta wait for these to ripe yet.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 21, 2010
4:42 PM

Post #7646255

Palm trees, all shapes, sizes imaginable:

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 21, 2010
4:53 PM

Post #7646284

Palm's nuts of all shapes and sizes too:

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
6:30 AM

Post #7647396

Tree Ferns that towering over your heads, and the new shoots are as big as ... a giant Octopus! LOL

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
6:35 AM

Post #7647401

Everything including those good luck Ti-plants are so very, very tall.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
6:40 AM

Post #7647415

Ti-plant's berries:

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cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
6:48 AM

Post #7647434

Those tree ferns are incredible!!!.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
6:48 AM

Post #7647435

Cigarflower (Calathea lutea). The leave are like Banana's leaves.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
6:55 AM

Post #7647453

Charlotte, the tropical rain forest-like setting was incredibly beautiful. Here I was admiring something above my reach.

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cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
6:58 AM

Post #7647455

Those are giant plants! You look like a little doll among it all! Beautiful! Making me want to go back!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
7:07 AM

Post #7647472

Ahhh, talking about something that's big. Not only big but beautiful. The Torch Gingers! The exotic big, tall leaves can reach as tall as 20 feet!

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
7:20 AM

Post #7647495

Common name; Hanging Lobster Claw, Firecracker, Parrot's beak all belongs to this Heliconia rostrata. *Origin; Argentina and Peru.

*Exotic Tropicicals of Hawaii by Angela K. Kepler.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
7:43 AM

Post #7647552

That's all for now, I'll post more pics. as I get a chance to share. Hope you've enjoyed the thread.
savagegardener
Middleton, TN
(Zone 7a)

March 22, 2010
7:54 AM

Post #7647570

beautiful pics ...hoping to get to go there one day

Sharon
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
9:57 AM

Post #7647834

Simply amazing Kim, Their beautiful. Now I have one more thing on my Bucket list LOL go to Hawaii

Those nuts are weird looking, but neat.

knowing all the names of these plants is amazing enough .

Love the scenery photos too
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
2:33 PM

Post #7648475

Beautiful!!!!
n2birds
Lakeland / Memphis, TN
(Zone 7a)

March 22, 2010
5:47 PM

Post #7648929

Great pictures Kim. Now, spill it --- what all seeds, roots, etc did you bring back ? ??? C'mon ! Tell us. I know you couldn't be as bad as Kenny and Jim were - but certainly you were able to get seed of something.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2010
6:41 PM

Post #7649082

LOL, Bonnie. Their agricultural regulation is so strict. I wanted to bring home some Cherimoyas, and they were taken away at the airport. I wanted to cry then. But since home, I was almost possessed. I found a source of Cherimoyas being sold online. So I'm going to order some.

Back tomorrow with more pictures.
obbirds
Olive Branch, MS

March 22, 2010
7:02 PM

Post #7649131

We had no problem bringing things back. Had we known it would have been so easy we would have collected more. We just put it in the luggage and sent it through the agricultural check ( whatever t is called) then they handed it back for us to go check in. Maybe we where lucky. We did ship back a few orchids from Hilo, but the farm we went to did that for us.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2010
6:13 AM

Post #7649798

It was for the safety/protection of the land. (likes the demise of those willii trees that Jeri has mention by some bugs inadvertently spread into Hawaii some years past). So I understand and respect the law.

What I brought back are memory and pics. Here is one that I most enjoy. A fruit that I haven't eaten since I was a little child. That's eon ago. lol

Oh let me tell you. I brought some unshelled Macademia nuts. I need a hammer to shell those nuts for I wasn't able to crack those nut as I tried. lol.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2010
6:19 AM

Post #7649817

Pamelo anyone? We can get these fruits from our grocery stores. Those that are left to ripe naturally in the tropic is much tastier and more flavor.

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cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2010
6:25 AM

Post #7649835

Kim isn't it fun to find something that reminds you of your childhood! Figs are a fond memory of my childhood so I planted a tree. But the birds and squirrel like them too, so I've finally decided to just enjoy looking at them grow and let the squirrels and birds have them.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2010
6:44 AM

Post #7649881

Charlotte, that was the best moments I've spent during the trip. Finding something from fond childhood memories. Like Mangos. Did you know mangos can grow so big? The trees can be as large as Oak trees in size! Here is one that grow in an open field. Their fruits seemingly suspended on air. A wonderful sight. I don't have one of the fruits in close up. (Thus a return trip to get the picture is in order, lol).

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cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2010
6:58 AM

Post #7649921

That is a huge tree!!! I didn't have any idea they grew so large!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 24, 2010
9:43 AM

Post #7652614

More heliconias...

Oh Kathy, as far as recognizing the plants; I cheated. I have a little handbook by Angela Kepler on "Exotic Tropicals Of Hawaii". lol.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 24, 2010
9:47 AM

Post #7652619

Another...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 24, 2010
10:06 AM

Post #7652649

Blooms on Bromeliads or Ornamental Pineapples.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 24, 2010
10:14 AM

Post #7652661

Shell Ginger, porcelain ginge or "lily," catimbium. Reading up on these ginger. I was delighted to learn that it grows on the mountainous regions of Some Hawaiin Islands, and it indeed can be grown in Oregon and Maine. Shell Ginger, a Alpinia zerumbet.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 25, 2010
11:22 AM

Post #7655211

...

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cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 25, 2010
11:30 AM

Post #7655219

That is beautiful!! Especially against the big green leaves!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 25, 2010
11:33 AM

Post #7655220

Charlotte, I don't know what that's. But they were everywhere at this spot. We need to go back there and identify them thing soon. :-)

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 25, 2010
11:43 AM

Post #7655233

We do indeed!!
Riverland
Northeast, LA
(Zone 8a)

March 25, 2010
4:36 PM

Post #7655807

Loving your pictures Kim. I went to the big Island many years ago. I have some pictures somewhere. Long before digital was for the average consumer.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 25, 2010
4:54 PM

Post #7655859

Cindy, there are so much to see and do. We need to plan another trip soon.

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Riverland
Northeast, LA
(Zone 8a)

March 25, 2010
9:29 PM

Post #7656574

Not me Too long flight. I loved it there but hated all those hours on a plane.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 26, 2010
6:17 AM

Post #7657237

Yes, a friend from yonder asked me what are the highlight, lowlights of the trip. I think we can simply sum it up. The stay is wonderful, but the flight isn't my cup of tea either. And the Jet lag. Man, it took me some time to recoop.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 26, 2010
7:23 AM

Post #7657377

Tourists witnessing steam vent at the Vocano State park.

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 31, 2010
12:43 PM

Post #7669849

Yea the time change can be very bad, that's a 5 hour difference! Forgot about that! Oops! I'm still ready to go.

I love the pics Jeri, I've never been to anywhere but Maui. Wanted to island hop but it wasn't in the budget. Oh well.

I like the Banyan Trees, I think that's what they're called...

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