A bright yellow Plumeria flower stands out in sharp contrast to the muted red and green buds on its branch that have not yet bloomed.
This plumeria was an early bloomer at the local Maka’eo garden at Old Airport State Park in Kailua Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. Seeing the first to bloom always creates a great anticipation of the rest to come.
There are hundreds of varieties of plumeria on the islands, several of which are represented in this garden.
This beautiful three-level waterfall is at the end of a path inside the Hawaii Tropical Botanic Garden near Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. read more
Originating in the Philippines, this purple hanging flower known as a Chandelier Tree, is a gorgeous addition to the islands. The trees can be seen outside many homes and in tropical gardens. read more
A fragile red hibiscus brightens visitors’ days at the Hilo Zoo (Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens). read more
Onomea Bay on Hawaii’s northeastern shore shines brightly under uncommonly clear skies. read more
Alakahi stream flows down aged lava rock and mature trees to create a multi-layer waterfall leading to Onomea Bay near Hilo, Hawaii, inside of the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. read more
A light purple passion flower presents itself in front of its climbing vine at the Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens. This plant is responsible not only for beautiful blooms, but also the tasty food called passionfruit. read more
Beautiful Moanalua Gardens reflects blue skies above on a taro patch below, surrounded by palm trees on this privately held, public park in Oahu, Hawaii. read more
A large, scarlet Cannonball Flower blossoms from an even larger evergreen called the Cannonball Tree–so named for the seed-rich, 20 centimeter in diameter fruit it produces. read more
At a former protea farm on the island of Maui, a King Protea displays its trademark shiny leaves, a collection of white and yellow flowers at the center, surrounded by prized soft pink bracts with a silvery sheen. read more
Green grass, palm trees swaying in the breeze, lush but manicured gardens and blue ocean disappearing into the horizon accented by fluffy white clouds–not bad. read more
Sometimes called “Sugarbush,” the Protea flower is named after the Greek god Proteus because, like the god, this flower takes on so many different forms. The flower has its origins in South Africa and Asia and was brought to Hawaii to be grown and exported in the exotic flower trade. read more