Puu Ualakaa State Park
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Sweet Smells of Eucalyptus
When you are in the Hawaiian rainforest, you will smell a distinct tropical sweetness that seems to come from the ground. A number of flowering plants and trees give off a pleasant aroma. One tree that seems to overwhelm the forests where it grows is the eucalyptus tree. It towers above much of the other vegetation and it's bark peels off in stages revealing a smooth skin beneath - giving it a variegated and beautiful trunk.
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Ruby Red Mountain Apple
Ohiaai, or Mountain Apple is a refreshing and crisp fruit that looks like a red pear, but tastes a little more like an extremely crisp, lightly-flavored apple. It tastes like summertime.
When they are in season, they are everywhere. Farmer's markets sell them in abundance and trees can hang heavy with red fruit.
Depending on the variety, there will be small seeds inside or a large pit which should be removed. Otherwise, a good wash, and mountain apple are a perfect way to refresh the day!
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