Paiko Expeditions: Koko Crater Plumeria Grove

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Although our seasons may be subtle, summer in Hawaii has its hallmarks- sweet mangoes dripping off the trees, great surf on the south shore, and of course a riot of color from our plumeria trees. Introduced in 1860, plumerias have long been an integral part of the islands culture, taking easily to our climate, and offering perhaps the perfect flower for lei making.

We took a trip to the South Eastern end of Oahu to check out the Koko Crater Botanical Garden, where this fragrant grove greets visitors to the dryland collection of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. The array of plumeria cultivars at the garden is truly magnificent, each unique from the next in shape, color, and smell. To read more about plumerias in Hawai'i, check out this great publication by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

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