Hawaiian Paradise, watercolor, 7.5x11 in.
Do you know that the Ohia Lahua tree is one of the main tree species in Hawaii? Its leaves can close if there is gas in the air! How cool is that? They bloom all year long. They develop flowers of different colors to attract different birds. I find that fascinating!

Hawaii has about 8,800 native species, most of them birds. There are only two mammals native to Hawaii: the monk seal and a tree bat. How about that? I learned this in the lectures of Dr. Sharon Faff,  the Star Princess cruise to Hawaii's lecturer. She was great! Thanks Dr. Faff!