ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Photo Gallery: The rainbow shower trees of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii

Updated on August 30, 2017
punacoast profile image

The author lives in a quiet seaside community in lower Puna on the Big Island. He's an avid gardener, traveler and photographer.

Color, beauty and aloha charm of the rainbow shower blossoms in Hilo.
Color, beauty and aloha charm of the rainbow shower blossoms in Hilo. | Source

If you visit Hilo on the east side of the Big Island between May and November, you will witness the spectacular annual blooming of the rainbow shower trees. It’s a stunning visual experience to see such a riotous show of colors: red, pink, yellow, orange, magenta, cream of the cascading blossoms on these trees. As the blossoms mature, their color changes from one to another, so that a blooming rainbow shower tree never looks the same. The peak flowering period is usually from June to August. The blossoms will stay on the trees until late November and as their beautiful petals fall, they blanket the streets, parks and gardens with what local residents affectionately call ‘the Hawaiian snowflakes’!

Rainbow shower trees along Kamehameha Ave on Hilo bayfront.
Rainbow shower trees along Kamehameha Ave on Hilo bayfront. | Source
Blooming profusely!
Blooming profusely! | Source

Rainbow shower tree (botanical name Cassia x nealiae) is a native to the southern Asia continent. It is a hybrid between the golden shower (Cassia fistula) and the pink shower (Cassia javanica). There are several varieties, each with different flower’s color combination, ranging from peachy pink to sherbet orange to almost pure white. The pendulous flower spikes are born along the tree branches, often in such profusion that you could hardly see the attractive dark green oval-shaped leaves.

Rainbow shower is a fast growing ornamental tree. It can reach 65 feet in height and spread out its branches like an umbrella. It is drought tolerant and grows best in hot tropical or subtropical climate. It can be easily propagated by air layering or grafting. In Hawaii, rainbow shower trees are often planted along city streets and in public parks. It is the official tree of the city of Honolulu.

Close-up view of rainbow shower blossoms.
Close-up view of rainbow shower blossoms. | Source

RAINBOW SHOWER BLOSSOMS VIEWING

In Hilo, the best place to see rainbow shower trees in bloom is on the scenic bayfront where dozens of the trees line Kamehameha Ave which follows the shoreline of Hilo bay. You can park your car at Bayfront Beach Park, take a stroll underneath the trees for a close up look and be enthralled by the floral kaleidoscopic display above your head!

Another place to see rainbow shower trees is at Lili’uokalani Park & Gardens overlooking Coconut Island, near downtown Hilo. There are several large golden and white shower trees growing in this park as well.

White shower tree
White shower tree | Source

OTHER SHOWER TREE VARIETY

  • White shower tree produces lovely creamy white blossoms, with a hint of lemony yellow. There are several magnificent white shower trees in the parking lot across from Hilo Farmers Market.

Golden shower tree
Golden shower tree | Source
  • Golden shower tree produces brilliant yellow flowers spikes, dangling from the tree branches like mini chandeliers! Best place to see golden shower trees is at the Kawamoto Swim Stadium, as well as along Kamehameha Ave near Mo’oheau County Park.

Pink shower tree
Pink shower tree | Source
  • Pink shower tree produces large showy flower cluster that looks like a perfect bridal bouquet! You can find some of the most beautiful pink shower trees on the campus of Hawaii Community College.

Rainbow shower blooming season in Hilo.
Rainbow shower blooming season in Hilo. | Source

ABOUT THIS HUB

The author dreams about the 'Waltz of the Snowflakes' from The Nutcraker Ballet every time he sees the fallen petals of rainbow shower blossom swirling in the wind! All photos were taken with a SamsungDigimax 301 3.2MP Digital Camera.

All Rights Reserved

Copyright © 2011 Viet Doan (punacoast)

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Prabal 

      5 years ago

      It can be easily propagated by air layering.

      Is this true? as i tried a lot but never succeeded .

      I tried a lot in Auroville South India in the year 2005 but failed. Will it be possible to get instructions on how to propagate cassias by air layering as we are rapidly losing the beautiful ones they were originally brought Bangalore in early seventies and again these were originally brought from Hawaii ( about this i am not so sure )

      Thanking you in advance

      Best Regards

      prabalmitra@gmail.com

    • punacoast profile imageAUTHOR

      Viet Doan 

      5 years ago from Big Island, Hawaii

      Very glad you enjoyed the photos. It's an amazing tree! Thank you so much for visiting and sharing the hub.

      Warm aloha!

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Rainbow shower trees sound so amazing! Incredible that the flowers change colors all the time so that the trees look different even from day to day. Your photos are gorgeous!

      Voted up and BAUI. Will share with my followers!

    • punacoast profile imageAUTHOR

      Viet Doan 

      6 years ago from Big Island, Hawaii

      Thanks Simone for your eloquent comments. Glad the hub brings back good memories of Hilo for you. Come back to the island soon so you can see these lovely trees in bloom. Aloha!

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I have such good memories of Hilo, but do not remember these beautiful trees specifically. There's just so much beautiful vegetation to overwhelm one! Thanks for allowing this one plant to stand apart from the crowd and take a bow :D

    • punacoast profile imageAUTHOR

      Viet Doan 

      6 years ago from Big Island, Hawaii

      Thank you jill of alltrades! So glad you enjoyed the rainbow shower tree. Alas, the blooming season is ending, we will have to wait until next May for another show!

    • jill of alltrades profile image

      jill of alltrades 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      I really enjoyed looking at the beautiful flowers of this rainbow shower tree! I wish I have the tree in my garden.

      Beautiful hub!

      Rated up and beautiful!

    • punacoast profile imageAUTHOR

      Viet Doan 

      6 years ago from Big Island, Hawaii

      You're right Ranihei, it does have the red orange golden colors of fall foliage...Nature is so amazing isn't it? Thank you for your comments.

    • Ranihei profile image

      Ranihei 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA USA

      Great pictures! What lovely trees...sort of reminds me of our east coast fall foliage!

    • punacoast profile imageAUTHOR

      Viet Doan 

      6 years ago from Big Island, Hawaii

      Thanks brittanytodd! The island missed you too, come home for a visit soon will you?

      Glad you enjoyed the pictures vasantha Tk...Aloha!

    • punacoast profile imageAUTHOR

      Viet Doan 

      6 years ago from Big Island, Hawaii

      You're so very welcome Farmer Brown...Aloha!

    • Farmer Brown profile image

      Farmer Brown 

      6 years ago

      Thank you once again for a fun and beautiful mini-vacay to Hawaii! Mahalo!

    • vasantha  T k profile image

      vasantha T k 

      6 years ago from Bangalore

      Beautiful pleasant pictures

    • brittanytodd profile image

      Brittany Kennedy 

      6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Beautiful! It makes me miss being home.

    • punacoast profile imageAUTHOR

      Viet Doan 

      6 years ago from Big Island, Hawaii

      Thanks moonlake. Glad you enjoy the pictures.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      So pretty. Love looking at your great pictures.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)