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!
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.
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).
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.
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.