Hawaii’s flora is immediately captivating. From the sweet-smelling plumeria tucked behind the ears of women in the airport, to the wild orchids that grow in Volcanoes National Park and the resplendent ipu kula (cup of gold) flower found along trails and driveways, the islands bloom. Nowhere is it more appropriate to “stop and smell the flowers” than on Kauai, “The Garden Isle.” At Princeville Botanical Gardens visitors can enjoy delightful fragrances and tastes as they sample chocolate, honey, and fruit from the gardens—all while learning that flowers are far more than a few pretty petals, but are useful for dining, health, and wellness.
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Finding Tropical Fruit
If you are looking for an interesting activity where you can literally eat the fruits of your labor in Hawaii, take a trip to a park, or hike a trail through a tropical forest. You have to look hard for it (the "low hanging" and easily spotted fruit is the first to go), but there is an abundance of edibles hanging from trees. Lychee (as shown in this photo) are one of my favorites, but fruit pickers can also find lilikoi, mangoes, avocados, papaya, some citrus, and several other treats. If this appeals to you, find out what fruit is in season and set your sights in the tree branches.