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Koko Crater Botanical Garden - Surround Yourself in Many Floras, Cacti and Feathers

June 26, 2017

Koko Crater Botanical Garden is a 2-mile looped trail, located on the inner slopes and basin of the 200-acre Koko Head Crater. The trail path is flanked by well-tendered shrubs and trees adorned with vibrant island flowers, followed by more exotic selections of floras and cacti from other hot and dry regions such as Mexico and South Africa.

Now passing the summer solstice, we have more sunshine to enjoy! When the weather gets hot and sticky, there’s nothing more refreshing than hitting the nearest beach and jumping into the water. But today, instead of heading towards the makai (seaward) side, I turned my wheel to the mauka (mountain) side. I decided to check out the Koko Crater Botanical Garden which is famous for rare and endangered dryland plants and flowers. As I expected they were enjoying the scorching summer sun more than ever and flourishing to their fullest!

Plumeria flowers bloom on your eye-level.

Depending on the time of the day it is, you can witness a transition of life on many levels when you are on this trail. If you come here in the morning, the African Baobab trees are still donned with fresh white flowers that started awakening from midnight. The area sends off a sweet scented mist as you walk by. Honeybees get busy as the sun climbs up into the sky. They are buzzing off the nectar-rich flower beds, delivering pollen in exchange from one place to another.

Little birds in red and other brilliant plumage are often sighted on the nectar-rich silk-cotton flower tree.

Throughout the day, you cannot help but hear yourself uttering constant ohhing and ahhing in front of the flawless plumeria flowers in every possible color, chiseled in absolute perfection. Orange gulf butterflies flitting around freely on an equally bright-colored Bougainvillea bush that covers the entering path. When you rest under a canopy of branched leaves, a little bird swings by and sings off her proud soprano trills perched on a solid branch above you.

 Check out this white-rumped shama's singing session this morning ♪

By the time you circle around and arrive at the original starting point, you will find yourself completely refreshed by a 2-mile-long walk of natural entertainment from every element of life. Fresh oxygen, eye-pleasing greens or colors, cool shades and jolly music in the air… you can cool yourself off both mentally and physically. Here are some of the leafy companions which roll out on to your sides and above as you proceed to your road ahead. Enjoy!

A bunch of white perfection dangling everywhere.

Hibiscus waimeae, also known as "Kauaʻi white hibiscus" is endemic to Hawai'i.

A group of golden barrel cactus in the "Americas" section.

Giant cactus bush soaring into the spotless blue sky.

Giant yukka tree with its flower in full bloom. It is the national flower of El Salvador. 

Desert roses against the crater wall in the back.

Cassia leptophylla or "Gold medallion tree" with seed pods.

Tiger's claw or coral tree.

Eucrosia bicolor native to Ecuador and Peru.

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