Hawaiian Flowers/Trees/Wildlife, Oahu
These trees can be seen all over the island, what’s unique about them it’s their hanging branches that put roots once reached the ground. Some trees are very old and occupy quite some big, for a tree, territories.
Birds seem to like its fruit and therefore hide inside the tree, although making lots of noise. Here’s one invaluable tip: avoid standing under Banyan trees :)
Apparently, two or more separate Bayan trees can develop into one if they happened to grow close to each other (look at the picture). You rarely see these in the city, but if hiking in wilderness you’ll see it a lot.
There are quite a few impressive Banyan trees in Waikiki the ones that come to mind are next to the Honolulu Zoo, next to the Duke’s statue on Kohio beach, and at the Hale Koa hotel. There are far more in the downtown area.
Even if you’re not a bird watcher in Hawaii you’ll definitely become one. You simply won’t have another choice. First, colorful cardinals seem to be everywhere, and they are not scared of you. Second, the mourning doves will do you a favor if they move at all. Many times we had to slow down the car to avoid hitting bunch of them.
Additionally, if hiking, you’ll see several different types of birds that amaze tourists with their colors and sometimes beautiful “songs”. Not to mention wild peacocks that don’t hesitate to beg for food, well at least at the Waimea Aubudon Center they didn’t.
I took a lot of pictures and will probably spend the rest of my life figuring out what these birds are.
One thing you have to pay attention to, most of places prohibit bird feeding, watch for signs and stay away from trouble.
The genus Hibiscus includes some 200 species, seven of which are regarded as native Hawaiian hibiscus. Although tourists regularly do associate the hibiscus flower with their experiences visiting the US state of Hawai‘i, and the plant family Malvaceae includes a relatively large number of species that are native to the Hawaiian Islands, those flowers presented to or regularly observed by tourists are generally not the native hibiscus flowers. Most commonly grown as ornamental plants in the Islands are the Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) and its numerous hybrids.
In Hawaii, hibiscus is everywhere .... in the stores, on clothes patterns, fabric design, in girls hair, on stickers...... nad rightfully so! beautiful miracle of nature isnt it?
This is one of the most commonly seen trees in Hawaii. It has slender hanging roots which may become trunk-like. The leaves and bark have medicinal properties.