The island of Kaua‘i blooms year-round with lush
vegetation and tropical flora, which amaze visitors
with their vibrancy, fragrance, and majesty. Yet many
are surprised to learn that much of the foliage that
has helped give the Garden Isle its name has only
been introduced within the past two centuries.
Today, there are still around a thousand native
Hawaiian plant species that still exist, but many of
them find themselves on the threatened or endangered
species list. Their sad loss of abundance in recent
history can be attributed to habitat loss, disease, and
the introduction of invasive species to the islands.