Kona Cloud Forest

Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours - Nature Preserve in Kailua-Kona Hawaii
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Bromeliads are among the more recent plant groups to have emerged on Earth. The greatest number of primitive species resides in the Andean highlands of South America, where they originated in the t... moreBromeliads are among the more recent plant groups to have emerged on Earth. The greatest number of primitive species resides in the Andean highlands of South America, where they originated in the tepuis of the Guyana Shield. The west African species Pitcairnia feliciana is the only bromeliad not endemic to the Americas, and is thought to have reached Africa via long-distance dispersal about 12 million years ago.
Bromeliads are able to live in a vast array of environmental conditions due to their many adaptations. Trichomes, in the form of scales or hairs, allow bromeliads to capture water in cloud forests and help to reflect sunlight in desert environments. Some bromeliads have also developed an adaptation known as the tank habit, which involves them forming a tightly bound structure with their leaves that helps to capture water and nutrients in the absence of a well-developed root system. Bromeliads also use crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) photosynthesis to create sugars. This adaptation allows bromeliads in hot or dry climates to open their stomates at night rather than during the day, which reduces water loss.
You can see many types of Bromelieds at the Kona Cloud Forest. All tours are by phone appointment only, reservations are followed up by a Tour Confirmation email. Same-Day Tours – 7 Days A Week – Rain or Shine – Call today (808) 640-3888. Website: PaintedTreesOfHawaii.Org #KonaCloudForest #EucalyptusDeglupta #PaintedTreesHawaii #KonaCloudForest #KellyDunn
Posted on May 22, 2018
King Protea - “Protea cynaroides” (Pronounced: PRO Tay Uh) This flower is predominately pink in color, there are a few select bushes which produce dark red and almost white kings, but these are rar... moreKing Protea - “Protea cynaroides” (Pronounced: PRO Tay Uh) This flower is predominately pink in color, there are a few select bushes which produce dark red and almost white kings, but these are rare. The average size of the Protea bloom measures over six inches across!
The leaves of the Protea branch are also worthy to note. The top side of the leaves are green. The bottom side of the leaves are silvery, like a Dusty Miller plant. Also, the bloom feels soft, much like velvet!
This is one of the popular gift flowers here in Hawaii. If you do receive a bouquet of Protea’s be sure to cut the stems at an angle when you get home to get them drinking. Keep your Protea’s fresh with water changes every few days and a floral preservative. You can make your own preservative with a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, a teaspoon of lemon, and a teaspoon of sugar.
Bonus! Did you know the Protea blooms dry beautifully? When your arrangement looks tired, hang the Protea’s upside-down to dry. You will get many years of enjoyment from your dry Protea arrangements. You can see a number of Protea bushes at the Kona Cloud Forest. All tours are by phone appointment only followed up by a Tour Confirmation email. Same-Day Tours – 7 Days A Week – Rain or Shine – Call today (808) 640-3888. Website: PaintedTreesOfHawaii.Org
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Posted on May 16, 2018
Oh Hello Berry !!! (Ōhelo Berry - Pronounced: Oh-hello) The 'Ōhelo that grows at higher altitudes and found in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National. The plant is usually small, from 6 inches to waist hig... moreOh Hello Berry !!! (Ōhelo Berry - Pronounced: Oh-hello) The 'Ōhelo that grows at higher altitudes and found in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National. The plant is usually small, from 6 inches to waist high, though it can occasionally be larger. The plant has many branches with small rounded leaves. Young leaves at the tops are reddish with green mature leaves.
Related to the cranberry plant, the berries of the 'Ōhelo are edible and quite delicious. They range in color from bright red to yellows and oranges and the color is not necessarily indicative of the ripeness.
Important Note: Because the 'Ōhelo berry is eaten by the protected Nēnē Goose do not pick any berries during your visit to the parks.
Before you reach for a handful, consider this: Ōhelo berries are the favorite snack of our endangered Hawaiian goose, the Nēnē. Ōhelo is also considered sacred to Pele, the volcano goddess. It’s customary to toss a berry in the direction of Kilauea, Pele’s fiery home on the Big Island, before indulging in any yourself. There are many Ōhelo Berry bushes at the Kona Cloud Forest. All tours are by phone appointment only followed up by a Tour Confirmation email. Same-Day Tours – 7 Days A Week – Rain or Shine – Call today (808) 640-3888. Website: PaintedTreesOfHawaii.Org
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Posted on May 7, 2018

The Last Cloud Forest in Hawaii

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Today our foundation headquarters are located in the beautiful Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary located in Kona, Hawaii. The sanctuary is home to the most exotic and unique trees from around the world. We offer guided tours through the most exotic array of trees from around the world. The project was begun by University of Hawaii professor, Norman Bezona. He is one the world's foremost experts on exotic trees and plants. Professor Bezona gives lectures and tours at the sanctuary. He travels the world giving lectures to Mr. Kelly Dunn began his Hawaiian adventure back in 1989. During his initial four week visit he fell in love with Hawaiian and the treasures it offered. Mr. Dunn was drawn to the multi-colored Eucalyptus Deglupta trees that appeared sporadically around the islands. He returned time and again to the Big Island of Hawaii, camera in hand, preserving in time the unique painted trees of Hawaii. The Eucalyptus deglupta trees, particular to the Aloha State, reveal a stunning palette, as they naturally shed their bark. No two trees share the same vibrant color pattern, and a stand of these island eucalyptus create a living rainbow.
While the iconic images will live forever, thanks to the creative eye of Mr. Dunn, a surprisingly deep appreciation of the beauty he witnessed transpired, calling upon Kelly to preserve the very trees themselves. Moved into action, Kelly has joined the promotion of the Painted Trees of Hawaii Foundation.
In the past few decades, a good many of the trees have been cut down. For a variety of reason, property development among them, the ever-decreasing population of the painted trees has raised some concern. Mr. Dunn felt something needed to be done to increase awareness and preserve these beautiful symbols of mother nature’s grandeur, or risk losing them altogether. Enter the foundation.
An Eye and A Heart for Natural Beauty
The Painted Trees of Hawaii Foundation was started as an effort to promote recognition and an appreciation of these natural beauties. Kelly Dunn plans a lecture tour, as well as a series of gallery shows of his collection of images, and many fundraisers. As the self-appointed steward of the painted trees of Hawaii, Kelly is leading the charge to increase the population of Painted Eucalyptus by setting aside an acre of his island property for the sole purpose of propagation of the species. 
Kelly’s personal property is located in the ideal environment for these seedlings to thrive. At the southern tip of the Hawaiian Islands, Kelly’s property will serve as a forest one day, as well as a nursery for tree seedlings which will be donated to landowners on the Big Island. Confident in the growing conditions and location of his property, Kelly Dunn is hopeful that other landowners will be encouraged to do likewise, and preserve the painted trees of Hawaii.
Our Shared Responsibility
For those who have experienced first-hand the natural beauty of the pink-sand beaches, hiked to Diamond Head, or simply sat in the stillness Pikake-scented breezes enchant, Hawaii is a part of your soul. These treasures, as well as the painted trees of Hawaii, are deeply rooted in the heritage of the islands. Like Kelly, you probably feel a sense of duty to preserve these treasures for millennia. 
For those who've yet to visit the Aloha state firsthand, you realize the intrinsic connection the painted trees of Hawaii have to every living thing. We are all stewards, called upon to safeguard the natural mosaic of our world, so that generations from now, our descendants will look back and say “well done”, as they, too, experience the beauty and wonder of nature at her finest. 
For, as noted conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club once stated,
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
What Can You Do?
In order that future generations may come to admire-and cherish-the impressive natural beauty of Hawaii’s painted eucalyptus, Kelly Dunn is encouraging others to get involved. The need to “get the word out” is great. Through education and continued proliferation of the seedlings, saving the painted trees of Hawaii is possible. 
For those who are interested in becoming involved, contact Kelly at PaintedTreesHawaii.org (877) 888-6111. If you would like to make a donation and plant a seedling in your name, there are details on the website. No act is too small, and your generosity will come back to you for generations to come. As Kelly Dunn reminds us, “The seeds we plant today will provide shade and beauty for many future generations.”.
Painted Trees of Hawaii is a registered with the IRS and the state of Hawaii. We are a tax exempt 509 (a)(2) foundation to help educate and create awareness to help save these beautiful trees. Our board of directors are active in the community to bring attention to these trees in Hawaii. The board of directors meetings are held on the second (2nd) Saturday of each month. 
Based on our efforts Google has granted us use of their entire collection of software. These tools give us the ability to reach out and stay connected within the organization and the community. 
Our organization began through the photography of Kelly Dunn. His prints of the eucalyptus trees in Hawaii garnered worldwide attention through magazine articles, news outlets and social media. Over the years Mr. Dunn began to see the trees slowly disappearing in Hawaii. It was at this point that his passion was ignited and began laying the ground work to save these trees.
Painted Trees of Hawaii was registered in Michigan then moved our headquarters to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 2015.


Painted Trees of Hawaii is a registered with the IRS and the state of Hawaii. We are a tax exempt 509 (a)(2) is a foundation to help educate and create awareness to help save these beautiful trees.
We are classified as a 501(c)(3) charity classified as a public charity under Section 509 (a)(2).
Section 501(c)(3) is the section of the Tax Code that describes religious, scientific, literary, educational and other charitable organizations exempt from federal income tax. All charities are further subdivided, however, between public charities, which receive broad public support from gifts or fees, and private foundations, which receive almost all of their income (other than investment income) from a very narrow group of persons, such as a single individual, family or corporation. The Code provides more restrictions on the activities of private foundations than on public charities.
Every charity is deemed to be a private foundation unless it satisfies the IRS that it meets one of the definitions of a public charity under Section 509(a). Section 509 (a)(1) primarily includes churches, schools, hospitals, and other organizations that receive their public support primarily from gifts, grants and contributions from a broad group of people. Section 509 (a)(2) covers organizations that receive their support from a combination of gifts, grants and contributions and fees for their exempt services.
Our board of directors are active in the community to bring attention to these trees in Hawaii. The board of directors meetings are held on the second (2nd) Saturday of each month. 
Based on our efforts Google has granted us use of their entire collection of software. These software applications give us the ability to track our timelines, board meetings, online donations, reach out and stay connected within the organization and the community. 
Our organization began through the photography of Kelly Dunn. His prints of the eucalyptus trees garnered worldwide attention through magazines, articles and social media. Over the years Mr. Dunn began to see the trees slowly disappearing in Hawaii. It was at this point that his passion was ignited and began laying the ground work to save these trees.
Painted Trees of Hawaii was registered in the state of Michigan then we moved our headquarters to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 2015. As of July 1st, 2017 Painted Trees of Hawaii is located at 1865 Hao Street in Kailua-Kona Hawaii 96740. This is a privately-owned seventy acre nature preserve created by Professor Norman Bezona. Painted Trees of Hawaii now provides guided tours throughout the forest of the world's rarest trees to be found on Earth, The highlight of the tour are the beautiful The highlight of the guided tours are the Eucalyptus Deglupta trees located in the center of the forest. This tree is a favorite with the many visitors to the Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours. We are conducting and arranging guided walking tours through the Kona Cloud Forest - Rain or Shine Reserve Your Tour Today! (808) 640-3888 
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