The Plantation had a variety of flowers in all directions. We saw poinsettias, heliconia, plumeria, hibiscus, orchids, bougainvillea, and others that I couldn’t identify. The yellow hibiscus is the state flower, and the leis we received on landing in Honolulu were of white plumeria.
The guide for our tram ride shared a lot of information with us. I was fascinated to learn that sugarcane takes two years to mature, and one ton of water is needed to produce a single pound of sugar. Hawaii produces the only commercial coffee crop in the United States. Mango trees take five years to bear fruit but will produce for 100 years. It takes 300 pounds of pressure per square inch to crack the ¼”-thick shell of the Macadamia nut. Pineapples ripen from the bottom up. Each trunk of the dwarf Brazilian apple bananas bears only one stalk in its lifetime. Heliconia range from 3 inches to 20 inches and come in nearly every color of the rainbow.
I had always wanted to visit Hawaii so this was a very special vacation for me. I hope to return there on some future trip and spend more time exploring the beauty and wonder of this tropical paradise.
The pictures from Sandie’s trip will be available shortly in the picture gallery.