Archive for November, 2011

Sam’s Hawaiian Odyssey: Waikiki Beach & the Duke

November 30, 2011

As I sat along Waikiki Beach, I was struck by the number of surfers who put leis on a statue of a man near the beach’s entrance. It wasn’t until I asked around that I found out that the statue depicted Duke Kahanamoku, a legendary surfer who won five Olympic Medals. Ever since the placement of a statue, surfers have been paying homage to Duke by putting a lei around the statue’s neck—hoping he will protect them from rough surf. By the end of the day, every day, the statue is covered in beautiful leis.

Duke is credited for popularizing the sport of surfing. The video below chronicles his amazing accomplishments—check it out!

Tickets Make Great Gifts

November 23, 2011

Does the idea of entering a shopping mall this weekend fill you with fear? Do you have loved ones who are absolutely impossible to shop for? Relax and let the Flower Show help!

Rather than face the crowds, snuggle up to your computer and buy Flower Show tickets. You can purchase and print from home, so it couldn’t be simpler.

For an extra “wow,” you could also buy a Garden Tea or Early Morning Tour. Or you could go all-out with tickets to the Flower Show Preview Party!

Another option is a PHS membership. Most membership levels include Flower Show tickets, but also offer year-round perks like discounts at nurseries and retailers, Green Scene magazine, and participation in the Subaru VIP Partners Program.

See, holiday shopping isn’t so scary after all. Thanks, as always, for supporting PHS and Happy Thanksgiving!

Toilet Plunger Makes for Elegant Arrangement

November 16, 2011

When’s the last time you used a toilet plunger in a floral arrangement?

That’s what I thought. Which is why we wanted to tell you about a recent experience one of our Flower Show volunteers had working with a group of creative teenagers. Click here to read Carmen Herrera von Wrangell’s first-hand account of making floral arrangements with unlikely objects (and with unlikely designers!).

Elsewhere on the web, Louise Krasniewicz is writing about her preparations for exhibiting miniatures in the 2012 Show. She is researching Hawaiian culture, collecting supplies, and growing plants from seed. Learn about her breakthroughs, struggles, and activities here.

All this goes to show that the Flower Show is a year-long passion for many people!

Horticourt Stories: Mrs. “Dodo” Hamilton

November 9, 2011

Frequent Show-goers likely recognize the name Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton. If you’ve spent time in the Show’s Horticourt section, you’ve seen this name listed beside beautiful plants and equally beautiful blue ribbons. In this video, Mrs. Hamilton—who friends call Dodo—explains why she comes back to the Show year after year. She also describes how her passion for horticulture was inspired by former PHS presidents Ernesta Ballard and Jane Pepper.

For past installments of Horticourt Stories, click here.

Sam’s Hawaiian Odyssey: Old Lahaina Lu’au

November 2, 2011

Thanks for following my adventures up, down, and all over Oahu. Up next: Maui!

One of the most memorable places I went to in Maui was the Old Lahaina Lu’au. As you likely know, a lu’au (or luau) is a Hawaiian feast with entertainment; but nothing I’ve read or watched on TV prepared me for the fun, energy, and cultural significance of the lu’au.

At Old Lahaina we were told of traditions that Hawaiians have passed on for generations. The story I remember best was that of the volcano goddess Pele (not to be confused with the soccer player). Every incident with a volcanic eruption in Hawaii is said to be Pele’s way of expressing her longing to be with her true love, a young chief named Lohiau.

Once we learned the story we were treated to a specific hula dedicated to the goddess. Some attendees—including me— were brought on stage to learn the dance. I imagine I’m in the background of many people’s photo albums now!

As you may have guessed, the best part about the lu’au was the food. The main dish was the pig, which was wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an underground oven. They also served various taro-based dishes. The broad-leafed plant looks like this (see right). The part you eat, the corm, could be described as a hybrid of a coconut and a potato—in looks, not taste.

The lu’au ended with watching a beautiful sunset over the ocean. Does life get better than that?


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