Paiko Expeditions: Big Island

Big IslandBamboo orchids and sulfur vents in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Big Island On the road to Kapoho, a tree wears a mossy coatBig Island Hawaii A sea of anthuriums at one of our Hilo distributors Big Island Hawaii Heaven on earth: McCall's flower farm in Pahala, our source for stargazer lilies, ohia, and snapdragonsBig Island A mossy carpet in Volcano Big Island Courtney admiring the giant epiphytes in Hilo town

A few weekends ago we took a little research trip to the Big Island, the source of most of our flowers, and an endless source of inspiration.  Starting in Hilo, we trekked our way around the east side of the island, exploring farms, national parks, beaches, and mind blowing farmers markets.  We came back motivated and full of new ideas, with a new array of botanical discoveries under our belt.

We could go on for ages about all of the cool stuff we saw, but lets keep it short with a highlights section:

Tamara's highlights: Visiting the Pahoa farmers market (espescially the fresh greek yogurt and granola in a papaya), playing in the moss carpeted gardens in Volcano, seeing staghorn ferns growing on coconut trees in Hilo, and wild bamboo orchids growing in the sulfur vent fields of Volcano National Park.

Courtney's highlights: Discovering fern curls the size of her head in Volcano and speckled anthuriums in Keaau, having a constant intake of Kau coffee, driving up to McCall's farm in Pahala (where we saw a pheasant family in a macadamia orchard), and seeing lycopodium growing in the wild.

More Big Island: Botanical Basics: Protea