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Hawaii; Hilo The Big Island.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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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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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

African Tulips tree with their blazing red blossoms.

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Palm trees, all shapes, sizes imaginable:

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Palm's nuts of all shapes and sizes too:

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Ti-plant's berries:

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Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Those tree ferns are incredible!!!.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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

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Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

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

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

That's all for now, I'll post more pics. as I get a chance to share. Hope you've enjoyed the thread.

Middleton, TN(Zone 7a)

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

Sharon

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

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

North Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Beautiful!!!!

Lakeland / Memphis, TN(Zone 7a)

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.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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.

Olive Branch, MS

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.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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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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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Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

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.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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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Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

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

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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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Another....

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Blooms on Bromeliads or Ornamental Pineapples.

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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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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

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

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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. :-)

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

We do indeed!!

Northeast, LA(Zone 8a)

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.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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

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Northeast, LA(Zone 8a)

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

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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.

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