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PLANTS & PLACES – THE FLORA OF HAWAI’I FEATURED IN 2009 DLNR HISTORIC SITES CALENDAR

December 17, 2008, 11:16 AM HST
* Updated March 31, 2:48 PM
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Photo courtesy David Franzen

Photo courtesy David Franzen

HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces the availability of its 2009 Historic Sites calendar, “Plants & Places – The Flora of Hawai`i.” Although there are literally thousands of native plants in Hawai`i that could have been selected to produce a visually stunning calendar, the plants that were selected for this 2009 calendar are all famously connected to a specific area. Some have been traditionally tied to a place for centuries before the arrival of Captain Cook in 1778, while others have more recently become significant to an area because of current, modern environmental issues.

Among the images and stories featured are: the famous coconut grove at Kalamaula, Moloka`i, planted by Kamehameha V, Lot Kapuaiwa, in the 1860s; a koa tree in Keauhou, Hawai`i, home to the largest koa trees in the islands; native loulu palms atop Huelo islet off the Moloka`i north coast; `ohelo berries at Halema`uma`u crater; `ahinahina (silversword) in Haleakala crater, and the kanaloa plant of Kaho`olawe, a federally listed endangered plant that is among the rarest plants in the world.

The calendar’s founder and producer, Dr. Don Hibbard, writes, “This calendar will hopefully encourage everyone in Hawai`i to become more deeply connected to the places we call home and the unique flora that make these places so special…” “And as a result, we anticipate that a sense of pride and responsibility will be fostered within each of us to `Malama Hawai`i’ for the benefit of future generations.” The calendar also features helpful boating safety tips, tide chart and phases of the moon.

Calendars are now available for purchase from the Hawai`i Heritage Center at (808) 521-2749 or drop by the gallery located at 1040 Smith Street in Chinatown, between King and Hotel Streets. The Center is open between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays and closed on all State holidays.

Calendars are $10 each for the first ten purchased. From the 11th calendar purchased, the price is $5 per calendar. There is an additional cost for shipping.

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Proceeds from calendar sales go to support current or future calendar costs. The calendar is a project of the DLNR and the Hawai`i Heritage Center, with funding support provided by the Alexander and Baldwin Foundation, Belt Collins, Chris Hart & Partners, Inc., Cultural Surveys Hawai`i, DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, Fung Associates, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Kuiwalu, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Peter Vincent & Associates, LLC, Scientific Consultant Services, Inc., Spencer Architects and Takitani and Agaran. Photography is by David Franzen, design and production by Viki Nasu Design Group and printing by Edward Enterprises, Inc. Astronomical information was provided by Bishop Museum Planetarium and University of Hawai`i Institute for Astronomy, and tide predictions by Larry E. Brower, P.E. and EKNA Services Inc.

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(Photo courtesy David Franzen: Rare pe’ahi fern, featured in the DLNR 2009 Historic Sites Calendar, “Plants and Places: The Flora of Hawaii”)

(Posted: 10:22 a.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2008)

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