Hawaiian paradise almost perfect

  • The colorful garden crotons or Codiaeum variegatum leaves can be toxic if ingested as are the fragrant flowered Oleander and Angel Trumpet leaves but don’t let that sweet smell fool you. Enjoy their beauty but don’t eat their plant parts. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Our islands have few dangers except for rare volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and hurricanes. Excessive exposure to the sun can be dangerous and people drown every year by being careless at the beach or hiking in the mountains. Although there are few poisonous native plants, some common exotic landscape plants are toxic such as oleander, crotons and angel trumpets. Some people can experience skin reactions like exposure to poison ivy from cashew and mango trees.