Hawaii 2013: East Coast Rainforest

The difference between the West side of the Big Island and the East side is striking in its lushness. Our first stop on our way to Volcano from Waikoloa was Akaka Falls just north of Hilo.  Many of the plants are imported pests, but they sure are bright and beautiful!

Also on this page are pix from Umauma Falls World Botanic Garden, which was our last stop before heading home.

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Akaka Falls, 442 feet
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Torch ginger, not a native, but a thriving addition
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Kahuna Falls, the second of the falls in Akaka Falls State Park
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Yellow orchids
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A flowering bromeliad from the World Botanic Garden
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A closer look at that flowering bromeliad
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A cascading ginger blossom with baby gingers sprouting from the top

 

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A yellow-billed cardinal, native to South America. We also spotted Red Cardinals which are indigenous to the eastern part of the US.
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A lobster claw ginger from the World Botanic Garden at Umauma Falls
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Ginger growing on a tree
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A tree in the rainforest with long roots of its “parasites” — orchids, gingers, etc.
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A tree in the rainforest with a colony of ferns on its trunk
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Umauma Falls

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A gorgeous stand of Kahili ginger, native to India and Nepal, is an extrememly invasive species.

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