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It’s Summer and Punahou’s Night Blooming Cereus are Blooming! July 17, 2010

Posted by Punahou74 in Campus, History, News.
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Cereus in full evening bloom. Picture by Louise Ing '70.

While I was sitting in Oakland, I was happy to receive these pictures from Babs Miyano-Young. It seems that the night blooming cereus were celebrating summer with a choke bloom of flowers this past Sunday. They are truly a midsummer’s night dream! Is it any wonder that they are known in Hawaii as panini o kapunahou?

Babs enjoys the cereus hedge while modeling her 35th reunion-emblazoned shirt. In her arms is Nalu, her intellectually superior labradoodle.

While my children were growing up I would often pick a cereus bud from a wild plant in my neighborhood. Sitting at the dinner table, it would seem to bloom right before our eyes. It was a fascinating introduction to nature of which we never tired.

Punahou History Tidbit: During World War II, servicemen receiving treatment at Tripler Hospital were also blessed with this bloom-watching experience. Throughout the conflict, Punahou School students would regularly pick the buds and deliver them to soldiers’ bedsides (right before curfew, of course!) during their recuperation. I am sure that they enjoyed them as much as we enjoy the blooms today. Maybe this should be considered as a service project by current students!

Even bees like cereus flowers!

Read here to learn how Punahou maintains this wonderful hedge that was first planted by Mrs. Hiram Bingham in 1836. Such beauty does not come without some assistance!

Thanks to Babs for sharing her visions of this natural wonder.

Update: Click here for pictures of the August 8 blooms at Punahou.

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1. Debbie Witthans Sawyer - July 19, 2010

Nice to know the history…My new Maui Moonbeams Santa uses a beautiful vintage fabric that has the nite blooming cereus on it…email me at dolls@maui.net, I’ll send you a picture!

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