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Speechless (Almost) Sunday - Ahinahina Plant


I took this photo at the Visitors' Center at the Haleakala Crater in Maui.  It's Hawiian name is Ahinahina, and it's more commonly known as a silversword plant.  They look like Mother Nature had a can of silver spray Rustoleum when she created these amazing plants.  They grow until they flower - and they flower only one time - and then they're goners, at least until their seeds produce new plants.  The National Park Service has some amazing photos of their flowers on its web site.

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Comment balloon 19 commentsPatricia Kennedy • January 17 2010 05:20PM


Pat - fascinating. Tropical plants are so interesting. What fun to see it for real.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Pat, You really captured the beauty of this Ahinahina plant. Love the name...going to look at the NPS site for photos of the  flowers.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 11 years ago

An explosion of green... I will be in Maui in 29 days =)
I hope you're having a great weekend,

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) almost 11 years ago

Hi Pat - My mom used to have a silver sword plant when we lived in the San Fernando Valley years ago, but I don't recall it being that full.  That's a beauty!

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) almost 11 years ago

Beautiful plant Pat....isn't it amazing what mother natures gives us?

Posted by Janice MacMillan, Associate Broker (ERA Joyner Realty) almost 11 years ago

Cool photo!  I just love all those tropical plants...especially since I live in the DESERT!

Posted by Amy Jones Group, 4 Time BEST OF OUR VALLEY Winner (South East Valley - almost 11 years ago

I miss Hawaii! It's been a long time since we've been to Hawaii and I was telling Jay I would love to plan a return visit. Long over do!

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 11 years ago

Pat, now that is cool. I went to see the pics of them in bloom, wow, no wonder they die after producing that!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 11 years ago

Great picture of the Ahinahina.  I think the flower is not as pretty as the plant itself--but fascinating nonetheless.  Thanks for sharing your vacation pictures.  I bet you have lots!

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) almost 11 years ago

Patricia- That is a great photo. I am sure you will treasure your trip to paradise for a long time. 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing your photos of the exotic plants.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 11 years ago

I have a feeling we will be seeing more of the beautiful Hawaii photos in weeks to come! thanks for sharing!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

Very unusual plant, Pat and thanks for the info on it.  I have just loved the pictures that you have shared from Hawaii - you really have taken us all with you!

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) almost 11 years ago

Patricia, great photo!  We didn't make it to the crater on our trip to Maui, maybe next time!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) almost 11 years ago

Pat ---- beautiful photo -- I do not know this plant, but it certainly is beautiful.

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) almost 11 years ago

Pat, That plant is beautiful and I love the contrast with the volcano rock. Wow!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) almost 11 years ago


Silversword does seem to fit that plant. Nice shot of it. Thanks. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) almost 11 years ago


Great Photo, thanks for sharing! ~jen

Posted by Jen Anderson (Exit By the Bay Realty) almost 11 years ago

OK - I get it Pat - This photo was an attempt to try and make us all jealous that you were in Hawaii while we were digging out of a record blizzard here back at home! 

All kidding aside, nice photo, made me smile.

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) over 10 years ago