Hawaii Island famous for its palms

This spectacular Madagascar fan palm Bismarkia nobilis grows in the Kona Palisades around 1,200 feet elevation. They can be grown from sea level to at least 3,000 feet. It is drought-tolerant and disease resistant. Other specimens can be seen in the Kona New Industrial Park. Rick Robinson has many mature specimens seeding at his south Kona farm as well and may be contacted for those who wish to grow them. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

When we think of the tropics, the first trees that come to mind are coconut palms gracing white coral sand beaches. Truly, these palms have been carried by humans throughout the tropical world over thousands of years.