There is a Paradise, and Hawaii is its Garden
All the islands of Hawaii were formed from volcanoes. Soon after the lava cooled, tides, winds, and birds carried seeds to the islands which grew into dense forests and shrubs. Later, Polynesian settlers arrived in canoes, bringing plants and animals from their native lands.
Much of the flora and fauna developed special adaptations to their new home and evolved into new species. Today nearly 90% of the plants and animals on Hawaii are endemic, meaning that they exist nowhere else in the world.
© HVCB / Kirk Aeder
Sugarcane, pineapples, guavas, mangoes, papayas, coconuts, avocados, bananas, limes, passion fruit, macadamia nuts, breadfruit, and ginger are all cultivated on Hawaii.
The sandalwood tree (famous for its aromatic oil) also grows on the islands.