If you were on campus today you couldn’t help but see them.
The tents are up and filling on Middle Field, safety lighting has been installed, and the grounds are freshly mowed and manicured to welcome the return of thousands of alumni. Even signs have been posted listing a hearty “welcome” to family and friends.
Yes, the signs of reunion are everywhere and they’re mighty inviting.
But there was one sign that I haven’t seen during previous reunions and I wonder what you think about it.
It’s the night blooming cereus.Yes, the night blooming cereus.
There they were today, spent blooms from last night and more blooms coming for tonight and beyond. What a miracle that they should be blooming now, in June, rather than the expected July and August.
Now, this isn’t the profusion of blooms that you see late in the summer but the flowers are there and they are, as always, gorgeous. Could it be that they want to send their own welcome to us alumni … especially the alumni who do not live locally and have only rare opportunities to catch their precious beauty?
Interesting question, no? What do you think? At the very least I encourage you consider a visit to the cereus hedge during Alumni Week to enjoy one of Punahou’s greatest living treasures.