A nice shady spot for an afternoon relaxation in the park. This is a special tree, the "Hitachi Tree," in Moanalua Gardens.
The Hitachi tree, known botanically as Samanea
saman, has a common names of Monkey Pod or Rain
Tree. This particular specimen is found in
Moanalua Gardens, once the summer home of King
Kamehameha V. The gardens were established in the
1850s and this tree occupies a prominent location
in a large open area. This is known as the
'Hitachi Tree' because it is a corporate
symbol of the Japan-based Hitachi Group. This tree
is well-known to most Japanese. Visitors from
Japan often stop by Moanalua Gardens to get their
photograph with this famous tree.
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