The big draw with this garden is the Pi'ilanihale Heiau, a stone structure that covers three acres and took 128,000 man-days to build.
|Image from PBR Hawaii|
There are many different types of bananas and taro everywhere.
It was considered bad luck to take bananas on fishing trips and, until the end of the taboo system in 1819, women weren't allowed to eat certain varieties. Too much delicious potassium?
We joked about seeing the Hawaiian national bird, the weed whacker. These were everywhere, all over the island. Hawaiians love their weed whackers.
I was so taken with the way they underplanted the alocasia with ferns. I want to replicate this in a galvanized container.
|Ape/Elephant's ear (Alocasia macrorrhiza)|
These screw pines are part of the largest remaining hala grove on the island.
|Hala/Screw pine (Pandanus tectorius)|
The bark is incredible.
There was a huge coconut grove with signs begging you not to walk beneath them.
According to our snorkel captain, more tourists are harmed each year by falling coconuts than sharks.
|Loulu/Fan palm (Pritchardia affinis)|
|Lava rock raised beds|
They had "the canoe garden" which included the species that Tahitians brought by canoe to the Hawaiian islands.
|Noni/Indian mulberry (Morinda citrifolia)|
|Wauke/Paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera)|
|Ki/Ti leaf (Cordyline fructicosa)|
|Kamani/Alexandrian laurel (Calophyllum inophyllum)|
|Cliff covered in Beach Naupaka (Scaevola taccada)|
It was lovely.