A highlight of my recent trip to Hawaii was Waimea Valley, a world-class botanical garden and cooperative conservation site. It is located on the north shore of Oahu island less than an hour from downtown Honolulu. Consisting of 1,875 acres Waimea Valley is positioned on what has been sacred land for over 700 years of native Hawaiian history.
The botanical garden is situated on 150 acres of the valley and is home to over 5,000 types of tropical and subtropical plants, including native and endangered species. Over 70 other historic and religious sites are in Waimea, as well as house areas, agricultural terraces, fish ponds, and a 45 foot waterfall.
The 3/4 mile paved path provides a wealth of stunning photographic opportunities, which we took full advantage of to share with readers of this post.
Heloconia plant (Heloconia collinsiana)
Traditional Hawaiian living area…
Palms, ferns & banana plants…
Zebra Dove – Native to southeast Asia, introduced to Hawaii in 1922…
Waimea Falls – Waimea means reddish brown water…
Blue Ginger (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora)
Taking a break at the falls…
After years of intense controversy, the Confederate flag was lowered from the SC state house grounds for the last time on Friday, July 10, 2015. In an effort to gauge the social atmosphere, and record this historic event, I trekked to Columbia, SC that day. The state’s decision to remove the flag erupted from the outrage in the wake of the tragic shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Included in the nine parishioners killed was Pastor (and state senator) Clementa Pinckney.
Under the blazing 98 degree Columbia sun, the climate appeared to be part carnival and part memorial. There were ample supporters and opponents alike of the flag’s removal and its ultimate placement in the state’s Confederate Relic room, a few blocks away. This pictorial is my attempt to tell the story of the event, a story which includes unrelated protests, television interviews, and street artists among other dynamics.
We Are One
Symbol of Hate