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A royal shower tree

Kapi‘olani Regional Park, Waikīkī.


Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited Hawai‘i from July 14-16th, 2009. One of the first things that the royal couple did upon arriving in Hawai‘i was to visit the Rainbow Shower Tree the Emperor, then Crown Prince, had planted on a previous visit in 1960.


I went looking for the 49-year old tree at Kapi‘olani Regional Park after the huge crowds had long gone. It is a beautiful healthy tree with pretty blossoms of yellow and pinkish-peach color.


“Le Bambole" - Bamboo Pinhole Camera. Kodak 160 Portra NC. Exposure: f/256 and 15 seconds.

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Taken on August 1, 2009