The story of the pine trees of Lanai is one of the interesting stories I come across when traveling that shows how people can find innovative solutions to their problems. When you think of traveling to Hawaii, one of the first images which pops into your head is probably a palm tree on a white sand beach. George figured that the pine tree was taking water out of the fog and condensing it. These trees are as tall as a 25-story building! She holds a JD in law from U.C. But pines remain in Hawaii and have escaped cultivation, changing both the plant life above ground and, perhaps more disturbingly, the fungal communities below the soil's surface. do not make that list. I didn’t realize that Hawaii could be soo rustic. Hawaiian Plants and Tropical Flowers. He has done some nice things for the children having areas to play and so on but it does not sound like the people who have lived there for so long want anything to change. The first pine tree on the island was a Norfolk Pine, which was planted in 1878. Both species grow in USDA zones 7 through 9. Pine trees are typically thought of as house plants only during the month of December. I just saw the island for the first time over this past weekend. The pine trees they received weren’t Norfolk Pines, however, but rather were Cook Island pines. It has been nominated as one of the world's top 100 invaders. See more ideas about hawaiian christmas, hawaiian christmas tree, christmas tree. Today you can see Cook Island pines all over Lanai City and on the highest ridge on the island, Lanaihale. I’ve been reading his book, The Story of Lanai. I never new that about the pine needles :), 100 of my best photos taken from around the world. All Rights Reserved. Please try again. However, with proper water, sunlight and temperature, it is possible to keep a pine tree as an indoor house plant all year. Pines have a symbiotic relationship with certain fungi, called ectomycorrhizal fungi, and cannot survive unless they are present in the soil. Healthy & Green Trees. In 1911, manager of the ranch on Lanai, George C. Munro, noticed that water was dripping from the pine tree onto a tin roof. Very interesting story. Man and nature working together to sustain life. Although this pine is grown for lumber in South Africa and Swaziland, this is not the case in Hawaii, perhaps because the tree produces multiple leaders and steep branch angles in the tropical climate. Relatively slow-growing, the tree has also fallen victim to pests and diseases in Hawaii. Some have done remarkably well in the warm climate, like slash pine (Pinus elliottii). It brought me to your page. Nov 29, 2013 - Explore Kyoko Iwasaki's board "Hawaiian Christmas Tree" on Pinterest. It is estimated that each tree creates 200 gallons of fresh water for the island each day, all of which is taken right out of thin air. This story is intellectual, combining humanity and science. The tree, which grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 11, thrives in plantations in Kauai and Molokai and occasionally escapes cultivation. i had heard bits and pieces about Lanai but could not even imagine what it looked like until I arrived. No conifer is more invasive worldwide than pine, and the threat is greatest to tropical regions without native pine trees. I learned so much history just in the brief time I was on Lanai. Thanks for sharing! Keep some basic guidelines in mind to achieve optimal results. wish im in hawaii right now..nice one Gary! Read Next: 13 Photos of Lanai That Will Make You Want to Visit. The U.S. Forest Service calls the tree a prolific seed producer that "seeds itself into the landscape.". It has the least amount of rainfall of all the Hawaiian islands because the mountains on Molokai and Maui capture most of the rainfall which comes its way. However, the graceful jelecote, with its weeping branches, dark red bark and clustered cones, has been adapted as an ornamental tree in Hawaii, planted in parks, reserves and gardens. keep traveling! Originally from Australia's Norfolk Island, Norfolk pine trees came to Hawaii in the 19th Century. Known as “The Sport of Kings”, the Alii (Hawaiian Royalty) enjoyed surfing as a sport as well. The first pine tree on the island was a Norfolk Pine, which was planted in 1878. Another tree introduced for lumber, the loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), which grows in USDA zones 6 through 9, grows rapidly in Hawaii and produces lumber for construction. Lots of rocks. I hope any changes he has in mind benefit the people more than it benefits him. It has high drought tolerance and will grow in almost any soil, including clay and mud. Copyright Leaf Group Ltd. // Leaf Group Lifestyle. Listed below are some of the trees found in Hawaii. He writes about this discovery and his vision for planting more. Going up in South Carolina they were all over the place now I never get to see them other than in photos. The couple I stayed with have a home there they visit many times a year. Beginning in the 20th century, pine trees were introduced to the islands for lumber, but few of the species grew straight enough to make the experiment a success. It is such a completely different landscape then I would that ever imagined especially the island being part of Hawaii. Wish I had pictures to share but I kinda lost my camera on that trip.. ;). Thank you for such interesting info! The reason why pine trees are uniquely suited to extracting moisture from the atmosphere has to do with the surface area of the pine needles. As pines find their way out of plantations to wild areas of the state, native plants and the makeup of the soil organisms are under threat. Some of the best examples would be the lumps and ridges in your intestines (to maximize the area where nutrient absorption can take place) and the surface of your brain.