Weather aside, one of the reasons Hawaii is such a popular vacation destination is because it’s filled with incredible natural wonders providing a unique vacation experience that you won’t find anywhere else. From volcanoes, to our multi-colored beaches and breathtaking hiking trails, after a few short days in Hawaii, you’ll quickly understand how it earned the moniker “Paradise of the Pacific”.
Everywhere you turn, Hawaii is a photographer’s dream. If our crystal blue water and colorful beaches weren’t enough to channel your inner shutterbug, the road to Hana on Maui certainly has something that will. Enter the Rainbow Eucalyptus.
The tree in the photo is called the Eucalyptus Deglupta. It is also known as the Mindanao Gum, Rainbow Gum, or Rainbow Eucalyptus and its array of colors are a natural phenomenon. As if hand-painted by the brush of an abstract artist, the trees boast awe-inspiring colors and patterns that must be seen to be believed.
The bark on the Rainbow Eucalyptus is thinner than what you’d find on most trees. It sheds at various times throughout the year revealing a bright green under-layer which changes color over time. As the combination of air and sunlight react with the bark, the long strips turn from green to shades of red, orange, blue, purple and even pink. Because it sheds intermittently, the trees color’s are in a constant state of change, and will never repeat the same pattern.
Adding to the tree’s already impressive features is its height. The Rainbow Eucalyptus can grow as high as 250 feet with a diameter of up to six feet. Originally brought to the islands in 1929, you can find them at various locations throughout Hawaii. Some of the tourist favorites are the afore-mentioned road to Hana on Maui, the Keane Arboretum and botanical garden, also on Maui; the Keahua Arboretum on Kauai and on Kaloko Drive near Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.
Because words will never be able to do these majestic trees justice, if you are venturing out to find a Rainbow Eucalyptus in Hawaii, don’t forget your camera!
We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!
Outstanding Experience From Beginning to End
It was in an outstanding experience from beginning to end, I would work with Hawaii hideaways again in the future unquestionably. Sunny Madeiros was terrific with her recommendations of everything from leisure activities to restaurants and even equipment rentals.
Coral Gables, FL
Perfect Combination of Elegance and Comfort
First time to Maui (and Hawaii). This is a spectacular setting and the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort. I could stay on the lanai all day long and be happy. Of course there’s a ton of fun activities, but it was great to have Gull Cottage as our base to come back to!
Arlington Heights, IL
You’re Going to Want to Stay
Our family spent a splendid week in Kauai in early 2017, basing ourselves out of the Touching Green house. It’s in a great location, has everything you need, and is just lovely. The pictures don’t do it justice. You’re going to want to stay!
We had a wonderful time in Kauai! We remained in awe at the unimaginable beauty, both of the rental home, as well as Kauai itself. It will be a treasured memory for life. I hope we can come back and make more memories.