Monthly Archives: August 2019

Hawaii and its Medicinal Plants

How did Hawaiians take care of their health before Westerners first arrived in the Hawaiian Islands with the medical treatments we are all now so accustomed to? Quite well, actually. It’s interesting to note that traditional Hawaiian health care includes … Continue reading

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Appreciating Hawaii’s Marine Life

There is an amazing coral reef ecosystem that surrounds the Hawaiian islands. It supports 25 percent of all the known marine species, which includes fish, plants, and invertebrates. Did you know that coral reefs are not plants but are made up of … Continue reading

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Coconut and Other Palm Trees

Of all the types of palm trees, many people here in Hawai‘i are most familiar with the coconut palm, Cocos nucifera. It’s the tree that says, “tropics.” But there’s so much more to the coconut palm. Its fruit, the niu or coconut, … Continue reading

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All About Orchids

Did you know there are more than 30,000 orchid species, and at least 200,000 hybrids? Orchids, which are of the family Orchidaceae, thrive in environments from the arctic tundra to the equatorial tropics. But the largest numbers are found in the … Continue reading

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