I have taken so many pictures that it will take some time to play catch up. Today I'll finish posting the botanical gardens photos and will also include some pictures from the Dole Pineapple Plantation, Oahu's North Shore, and one of the beautiful sunsets we watched from our hotel's balcony.
The picture below I took from the hotel's balcony. I'm including it here to relay the information posted at the botanical gardens about palm trees. There are over 2,500 palm tree species in the world. This group of plants is an ancient species dating back 65 million years ago. They are pollinated by insects and wind.
Another interesting thing about the flora of Hawaii is that there are more endangered plants per square mile in Hawaii than what exists anywhere else in the world. The reasons include loss of habitat, loss of pollinators, invasive species, and introduced animals such as pigs and goats.
Continuing with photos from the botanical gardens, we couldn't help but be amazed at how beautiful the tropical rain forest is -- even when you look up at the canopy.