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Botanical Gardens of Oahu

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“E aloha ‘ia a pūlama ‘ia kēia ‘āina kapu no nā kau a kau.” was written on a plaque at the entrance to the Waimea Valley Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.  It means: “May this sacred land be loved and cherished for all ages.”  We went to two of Oahu’s amazing botanical gardens, Waimea and Ho’omaluhia, and I will cherish my photos and memories from both places.  Let me share some of the highlights.

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Palms are everywhere.  I fell in love with the vibrant greens and reds of each palm leaf I encountered.  Palms catch the light and cast such incredible shadows, too.  I was captivated by them and probably (I confess) went a little overboard taking pictures of them.

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It seemed that more beauty was around each bend as we cheerfully strolled the winding foot paths through trees from Madagascar, flowers from Guam, and countless varieties of native Hawaiian plants.
At Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens, a 400+ acre paradise, a lakeside tree produced the cone and flower above.  I was smitten.

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In Hawaii, every plant, tree, shrub, weed, or roadside scrub blossoms or produces some sort of fruit or nut.  All are stunning.  One almost wonders where exactly the “regular” Hawaii ends and the botanical gardens begin.  In fact, that’s a great question and one which still puzzles me.

I’m off to bed, y’all.  Jet lag is kicking my hind end.  I missed you guys though.

  • Rosa - What beautiful plants! Very exotic…

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Robin - Hey Miss Lacy! I’m so glad you got back safely. 🙂

    Hawaii!! A photographer’s dream land. Lovely pictures.

    Have a GREAT first week back home sweet home! Hugs, Robin

    P.S. We’re back in the world of meat eating. lol A year of vegetarianism seemed to be enough. (3 of those were Vegan) I haven’t been feeling well, so we are adding back in salmon this week)ReplyCancel

  • Kath - So beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tia Julie - Absolutely beautiful pictures of amazing plants by an amazing person. I can’t wait to hear more.
    How did the animals do while you were away?ReplyCancel

  • Sophie - fab & beautiful pictures!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - Dear Lacy,

    It was so nice meeting you in the STL airport. Our visiting made the time fly! I hope you didn’t have to wait too long to get your buddy seat assignment. I am enjoying looking at your website and meeting your babies.. my husband is worried that I will be wanting one, even though we live in the county the neighbors might not want goat neighbors. go figure. Dropped my sewing machine off for service and am anxious to enjoy my parttime retirement and figure out what to do to earn some income and where to volunteer. Cheryl, Knoxville, TNReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Hi Lacy,
    We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. I know some you can visit. Take care and God Bless.

    Love Always
    xoxoxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Robbyn - Sending you a BUNCH of these (((((((( hugs!!!)))))))))))) Wow, do I ever have a lot of catching up to do…didn’t even know you were on vacation! Oh, the pics are lovely…don’t you LOVE the lush greenery. I’m with you about the palms fronds…they are just art, arent they? Can’t wait to spend some great time here catching up on all your wonderful posts this weekend when I can relax. Just sending a big smile and hugs your way…I think of you often, Lacy! Thank you for including me on your friends list….I’m honored 🙂

    RobbynReplyCancel

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