Pu’uanahulu jacarandas

Pu’uanahulu is a small community midway between Kailua Kona and Waimea, on the upper road between those two communities. I don’t drive that highway much, except when I go to hike up Pu’u Wa’awa’a. Last time I did this, driving through Pu’uanahulu, I noticed that the jacaranda trees were in bloom alongside the road. What I hadn’t realized is just how many jacaranda trees there are in this area.

These photos are taken from the northern slopes of Pu’u Wa’awa’a. The bottom photo shows the general area with the purple jacaranda flowers of Pu’uanahulu clearly visible. The top photo shows a closer view of part of the community and the abundance of flowering jacaranda trees.

19 thoughts on “Pu’uanahulu jacarandas

  1. naturebackin

    Interesting to see these trees in Hawaii. There are several towns in South Africa (including ours) where decades ago jacarandas were planted as street trees creating avenues Although beautiful, each flowering season a number of people walking in the streets are injured slipping on the fallen blooms that are very slippery when wet. An added hazard is that the trees are of an age now when they are starting to fall over, especially during storms. Because jacarandas are now classed as invasive aliens, planting of these trees is not permitted, so those clouds of mauve in summer (associated with when students are writing year-end exams) are becoming fewer as the years go by …

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        1. Graham Post author

          Well I’m certainly not the person you want to guide you on the pronunciation of Hawaiian names, though I think this one’s fairly straightforward: Poo oo ana who loo.

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    1. Graham Post author

      I think they’re fairly common. They like a bit of altitude (2,000 to 4,000 feet) so aren’t going to be seen at the coast. Upcountry Maui is quite famous for them. Here on the Big Island, this area and north through Waimea have a lot of them.

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    1. Graham Post author

      Thanks. The color is great, particularly because silk oaks and ohias also bloom at this time so it’s a purple, orange and red bonanza. Everything is going pretty well here. I hope for you also.

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          1. DawnSeeker / DawnHoof

            I had a deep phone conversation today with one of my Hawaii friends who moved to South Carolina two years ago. What a contrast our uplifting visit, to the mayhem and looting going on tonight. I far prefer the uplift! Stay well Graham, and I always look forward to your posts :))

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