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:
Hawaii; Hilo The Big Island.
Those are giant plants! You look like a little doll among it all! Beautiful! Making me want to go back!
That's all for now, I'll post more pics. as I get a chance to share. Hope you've enjoyed the thread.
beautiful pics ....hoping to get to go there one day
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
That is a huge tree!!! I didn't have any idea they grew so large!
That is beautiful!! Especially against the big green leaves!
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. :-)
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.
Not me Too long flight. I loved it there but hated all those hours on a plane.
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.