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A rainy evening at Kilauea Crater, Volcano, Hawaii

Aloha and welcome to Onomea Bay and the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, a “Garden in a Valley on the Ocean.” It is a museum of living plants that attracts photographers, gardeners, botanists, scientists, and nature lovers from around the world. The Garden’s collection of tropical plants is international in scope. Over 2,000 species, representing more than 125 families and 750 genera, are found in this one-of-a-kind garden.

The 40-acre valley is a natural greenhouse, protected from buffeting tradewinds and blessed with fertile volcanic soil. Throughout this garden valley, nature trails meander through a true tropical rainforest, crossing bubbling streams, passing several beautiful waterfalls and the exciting ocean vistas along the rugged Pacific coast.

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) Scientific and Educational non-profit, whose mission is to serve as a nature preserve and sanctuary, a living seed bank, and a study center for trees and plants of the tropical world. The Garden is dedicated to the collection and display of the world’s tropical plants, and to the education of both children and adults about the plight of the world’s rainforests. At a time when rainforest plants are disappearing at an alarming rate, the Garden is working to preserve as many species as possible for the benefit of future generations.

Hilo, Hawaii’s beautiful Lili’uokalani Gardens.

Puna Taiko performs at the Banyan Gallery as part of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll in Hilo, Hawaii.

This video shows the ongoing volcanic eruption at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with molten lava higher than usual. Great scenic views!

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Nine members of Hawaii Photo Shooters (www.hawaiiphotoshooters.com) want to share their love of nature photography through an exhibit called “Big Island: Our Land, Our Home” at the Fountain Gallery of Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center, 200 Piopio St. in Hilo, that will be open from February 5 to 25, 2016. Exhibiting members are Steve Bohlert, Mary Bowman-DeMent, Tamara Brown, Ken Jackson, Pauline Matayoshi, Susan Miyasaka, Demetra Reynolds, Lee Schechtman, and Randi Schneider. They range from a retired chemist to a spiritual teacher/practitioner to an agronomist (someone who studies crop plants). Artists Jane and Linus Chao, who will have their art featured upstairs in the main gallery, helped members select their best images for this exhibit. Club member Kate Burroughs will be playing traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music with her group “Chance ‘Um Trio” at the Opening Reception on February 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Please join them for a free and exciting evening of art combined with entertainment!