By Kim Charles

Beautiful Bird of Paradise plant

Petra Williams and her husband share highlights from the living landscape of Kauai.

"A few weeks ago my husband and I went on vacation to Kauai, Hawaii. One of the first places we toured was Limahuli Garden, a “living Hawaiian Landscape,” and part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. It is set in a 1,000 acre valley with hundreds of native plants, some only found in Limahuli. There are also archeological and cultural
sites that reflect the history of the Hawaiian civilization."

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700 year old terracing and a replica of a traditional Hawaiian house built on an original footprint.

Taro was the most important crop. Water was diverted from the Limahuli stream via canals.

In addition to native plants and plants brought by the original Hawaiians in their canoes, the garden also has plants introduced during the plantation era. There were several gorgeous hibiscus.

Feral chickens are everywhere on Kauai

This tree was just amazing.

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