Koko Crater Botanical Garden

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A 200 acre area was set aside for Koko Crater Botanical Garden in 1958. About 60
acres are covered with dryland plants. It is one of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens.

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There is no entrance fee and there is a parking lot just outside the gate.

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You can borrow a map of the 2 mile loop with a self-guided tour from a box to the left of this sign.
There are some labels, but not many, so we cannot identify many of the objects in these pictures.

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The plumeria grove on the left at the beginning of the path.

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We visited the garden in early January 2016 and the plumeria were just starting to bloom.

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Many of the plumeria trees were covered with buds.

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The sweet plumeria flowers attracted a grasshopper.

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The humid air settles as dew.

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There are many birds in the garden, like this white-rumped shama Copsychus malabaricus.

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The loop consists of dirt paths, but because it is dry, it is not difficult to walk.

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 There are many benches and resting places along the path.

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There is only one restroom. It seems to tilt but perhaps not too much in an emergency.

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Sign along the loop. The ground on either side of the path is sometimes steep and uneven.

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There are many hibiscus.

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Hibiscus

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The flower of a Hau tree Hibiscus tilliaceus can be recognized as a hibiscus, but the
plants can grow in dense twisted tangles, up to 30 feet, and form a shady canopy.

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The foliage of the Hau tree.

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Aloe flowers

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A Desert Rose that grows in Africa and the Arabian peninsula.

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A common beach plant, the Naupaka Scaevola taccada has petals on half of the flower.
According to legend, Naupaka flowers growing in the mountains have petals on the other half.

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No name.

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The cactus garden with the round Golden Barrel Cactus, left front, and ponytail palms behind.

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The ponytail palm seen from below.

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The Golden barrel cactus, Echinocactus grusonii.

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Flowering Agave.

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A tall Pachycereus cactus with flowers.

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The flowers attracted a lot of bees.

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There were many other flowers that attracted bees.

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Acacia, one of many types that are very common in Hawaii.

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There is wild growth in the garden

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You can see that the garden was established a long time ago as trees are well established.

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There is a section of plants from Madgascar, like the Pachypodium spp. on the left.

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Pachypodium spp.

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Octopus cactus, probably Stenocereus alamosensis.

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Another octopus cactus?

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Alluadia spp from Madagascar. Lemurs climb and live among these plants.

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A flowering aloe.

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Transvaal Gardenia full of large, hard fruit.

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A cycad .

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Bergaalwyn, Aloe Marlothin.

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Some trees had a very special bark.

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The bark of a Wiliwili, Erythrina Sandwicencis.

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The bark could be quite smooth, like on this Moringa stenopetala.

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Bougainvillea near the entrance.

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Koko Crater Botanical Garden.

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Koko Crater Botanical Garden as seen looking toward Makapuu from the top of Koko Crater trail.

 

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