Tropical Gardening: Give living gifts for Christmas

Courtesy photo Rare endemic Hawaiian mistletoe may be found growing on Koa trees at high elevations, like in the cloud forests of Kona.

Christmas in the tropics can be a challenge. The surf and beach are still a big attraction. Some folks might even take the holidays to catch up on gardening projects. There are folks who miss the snow and the bite of frost in the air. They remember the cold, dark days when all life is dormant. They long for the coziness of an open fireplace and the smell of holiday cooking in the kitchen. A trip to Mauna Kea will help add to the spirit of the season.