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Ahinahina the rare Silversword of Maui

Have you ever had one of those moments when you saw something so awe-inspiring that it made you truly stop and ponder the universe?

I know you will say ” Oh You old Hippie!!”, LOL! But I have to say that my trip to Maui this summer had me  reflecting on nature and the lessons we can learn from a simple flower.

I have been to the top of Maui’s dormant Volcano Haleakala on a few occasions and I always make it a point to find and admire the  Silver Sword plants.  These luminous silver plants are endangered and protected.

 The Silver Sword also known as the Ahinahina grow only on the slopes of this otherworldly location. Although they look like a mercury dipped cactus to some, they are more closely related to the Sunflower.

The fine silver hairs that cover the plant are extremely sensitive, as are the roots. Stepping too close to the plant or touching the plant can kill it, so admire from a distance or use a good zoom lens. These fine hairs work as a shield from the sun’s radiation and as protection from dehydration as well as insulation from the winter storms and snows at that elevation.

The Silversword lives approximately 50 years. It blooms in a spectacular manner and then gives up its seeds and life.   I had never witnessed a full bloom until this year.

The plant produces a tall center stalk with rows of purple seeded flowers. The specimen I was drawn to was at least 5 foot tall.

The area smelled of warm sweet honey.  At over 10,000 feet the cool clean air allowed the senses to absorb the essence of this lovely sight.

Sad to think the plant would fade and soon die after this gorgeous display. But it reminded me that creative people are like these flowers.

You struggle through all sorts of storms, heat and adversity at times. You also bask in the warmth of the sun, the glow of the moon and the admiration of those around you. Finally you produce beauty, and hope that all who have been touched by it will remember it and  scatter the seeds of your efforts for others to grow and admire.

 This is an example of truly stopping to smell the flowers.

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Maui Magic

Aloha Flower Folks!antheriums

So what does a floral designer do on her vacation? 

She searches for a paradise of flowers and other artists to visit.

I usually spend at least 2 weeks on Kauai, But Alan, my Hubby wanted to return to Maui for some diving and visits with friends.fish 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

turtle & friend

We arrived on Maui to wonderful late summer weather with cooling trade winds.  Staying In the Kahana area in a beach front Condo was a plus, close enough to walk to many sites with shopping and galleries nearby.

The condo was decorated in beautiful Japanese Shoji screens and a bamboo canopy bed, that was lovely to see, but hellishly hard, LOL. Making napping on the sand with a good book a delight.

I met some wonderful artists and designers as I visited the towns around the island. look for an article or two soon at UBloom with photo gallery images.

In the mean time, here are some of my faves from the trip.Rissi at Lahaina Luau

Rissi, Our Hostess with the mostest at the Old Lahiana Luau,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jack the Dog & Big Blue the Cat from Anuheua Flowers in Makawao,(farm owners Judy & Bill Merten were a deligBig Blue in Judy Mertens Studioh

 t) ,Official Farm greeter at the Anuhea Protea farm

 

the carved art and antiques,at the Maui Swap meet,

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And spotting the fact that due to economic factors,  even Buddha was for sale in Lahaina! Karma for sale                                                                                                      

Lots of fond memories, and new friendships  to cherish.

And now back to work in my studio with wonderful fall weddings and parties to plan. I look forward to the winter holidays ahead, and welcome your calls for party and holiday house decor .

As they say in Hawaii- Mahalo ( Thank You!) for a fun season!dreadlock surfer

Suzanne