Macadamia flourishes in Hawaii, but not native

Some folks on the mainland think macadamia nut trees are native to Hawaii, but here we know it is an Australian tree that we adopted as our own. We use the nut in all kinds of local dishes, especially desserts. We even use the leaves for Christmas decorations instead of holly.

Plant of the Month: Hawaiian snow bush adds wintry feel to the season

Visitors are often surprised to learn that we have a snow capped mountain here on the Big Island in winter. We delight in telling tales of locals hauling pickup trucks full of snow to the beach for a snowball fight. Most of us, who live at lower elevations, enjoy our warm weather year round but may choose to add snow to our lives by selecting shrubs that imitate snow in appearance. Several are in the genus euphorbia.