When traveling to somewhere tropical, like Hawaii, it is certainly no surprise that there are many types of plants. For the vast majority of the islands plants take over the surface. It is almost like stepping into a whole new, imaginary world. However, it is real. Since I have a green thumb, I have always been fascinated with the different types of plants that cover this archipelago.
Traveling is never just about exploring something new, but in my opinion, traveling is about exploring what is within. What is within that place that makes it so unique. One of those rich, unique aspects of the islands is the plant life. Some plants that inhabit Hawaii are only found on these specific islands. This just shows the unique aspects of the state of Hawaii.
One plant that really captivates my soul is the Hawaiian torch ginger. This beautiful -torch like- flower comes in many colors. My personal favorite is the lighter red, almost pink. These gorgeous blooms remind me of the sky during a sunset. It's almost as if an artist has coated their brush in a sunset pink paint. These plants can be found all around each of the islands. The Fern Grotto on the island of Kauai has a pathway that is lined with the ginger. Waimea Valley also has many of these plants too.
Plumeria trees produce flowers with a sweet, fragrant smell. The smell is astounding when just walking by the trees. The flowers come in a variety of colors: pink, white, orange, red, and an array of more beautiful colors. Plumeria and frangipani trees tend to line the roads, hotels, and other public places. My favorite is when the trees are located by a beach so I can pick one and put one behind my ear. They are one of the most prettiest flowers in my opinion. Make sure to stop along the way and smell one of these fragrant flowers.
"Ola i ka Makana ma ke Akua"
My name is Jetta, and I am a student pilot currently attending Southern Utah University to become an airline pilot. Join me on my journey from zero to the left seat.