Hibiscus clayi — Kokiʻo ʻula

Hibiscus clayi — Kokiʻo ʻula

I love to visit Kalopā State Park to see Hibiscus clayi — kokiʻo ʻula — which has the cutest little red flowers. For many years I have been visiting Kalopā in Hamakua on Hawaiʻi Island  to see a number of rare native plants in cultivation.  One of most...
Koliʻi in the Koʻolau Mountains

Koliʻi in the Koʻolau Mountains

One of spectacular flowers found in the Northern Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu is Koliʻi — Tremtolobelia macrostachys — which often grows as an epiphyte on other plants in the native landscape. According to Joseph Rock, who wrote the monograph on the Hawaiian...
Lobelia oahuensis in Bloom

Lobelia oahuensis in Bloom

One of the amazing sights found only on Oʻahu are the spectacular flowers of Lobelia oahuensis. For the past 5 years I have been monitoring a handful of Lobelia oahuensis plants to see when they would bloom.  Imagine my excitement when I saw an impressive 4 foot...
Cyanea humboldtiana in the Koʻolau Mountains

Cyanea humboldtiana in the Koʻolau Mountains

One of the rare flowers found only on the island of Oʻahu is Cyanea humboldtiana. Cyanea humboldtiana is endemic to the Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu and is known as the Koʻolau Rollandia.  Rollandia was once a separate genus under the Hawaiian Lobeliad Group but genetic...
Lobelia gaudichaudii in the Koʻolau Mountains

Lobelia gaudichaudii in the Koʻolau Mountains

One of the amazing things to see in the Hawaiian biota are the spectacular flowers of Lobelia gaudichaudii. Lobelia gaudichaudii is endemic to the Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu and is known as the Koʻolau Range Lobelia or Gaudichaud’s Lobelia.  The plant was...
Pinao — Giant Hawaiian Dragonfly — on O‘ahu

Pinao — Giant Hawaiian Dragonfly — on O‘ahu

I was lucky to get some close up shots of the Piano or Giant Hawaiian Dragonfly — Anax strenuus. Also known as the Giant Hawaiian Darner, the dragonfly is said to be the largest in the United States.  The dragonfly has a wing span of about 4 inches which is...