Better yet, when he found it, he walked around it and on the other side there is a plaque which clearly indicates that it’s a fig tree.  Now he wants to sign me up for “pay attention” classes.

However, I believe I am the one who should sign him up for geography lessons, because when we took out the campus map and I showed him where to look (the Engineering Quad) he admitted that he had been searching in the opposite direction which means that he was so far on the “wrong”side of the art building that there was another building between them!

He says it is the Orchid tree’s fault, because he didn’t know it existed, so when I told him to go from the Barringtonia to the Orchid Tree, he went to the one he did know about — which was in the opposite direction!


I love visiting the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. Diversity abounds: the buildings, the languages, the people & their skin colors, and the plant life. Each step along every path brings something new and amazing.

For instance, this Coral Tree simply took my breath away. I stopped to photograph it, and a gentleman on campus stopped to query me. “What purpose is there in taking pictures of flowers?” He asked.

“Purpose?” I parroted and shrugged. “I just thought they were pretty.”

“Pretty is not important.” He flicked his hand like he was brushing away dust.

“But look at them,” I pointed and said. “The shape –. The texture –. The amazing color –.”

“Listen,” he said. “If you want to see something truly amazing you need to study mathematics.”

“But numbers aren’t very photogenic.” I replied.

He looked at me quizzically, shook his head and walked away. I was shaking my head as I watched him go.


Erythrina crista-galli, Fabaceae
common name: Coral Tree
origin: Brazil.

Zosterope japonicus japonicus
, Zosteropidae,
common name: Mejiros or Japanese White Eye
[named for the ring of white around it’s eyes]
origin: Japan
[song bird]