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CB Lansing Memorial Garden, Daniel K. Inouye International Airport

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About a month ago I began my two week Hawaiian vacation by flying into Honolulu airport. While I was walking down the upper level of Terminal 1 to go get my suitcase at baggage claim, I happened to see a very nice looking Hawaiian park area below :


At the time, I was also too tired to investigate further (being jet lagged from New York) , but resolved myself to check it out on my departure, if I had the time.

Flash forward two weeks later, when I returned to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on my way back home, and had time to spare for a little visit. There where of course many palms there, as well as other interesting tropical looking plants. Unfortunately this was set up more of a park than an actual botanical garden, so there were no plant labeling anywhere ( Since I'm not a tropical palm expert,  please be understanding if I get the names wrong - they are just my best guess! ) 

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Ruffled fan palms - Licuala Grandis(?)

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Coconut (Cocos Nucifera ) and what looks like an Areca palm ( Areca catechu  ?)

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Also not sure exactly what kind of palms these are  ( Queen or Christmas Palms?)

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Here are some more pictures from the C.B. Lansing Garden:


Baby Areaca palm ( ? )



Insulin plant (Costus Spirilis ) / or Spiked Spiral flag ( Costus spicatus ) ;  and some kind of Variegated Croton.

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Is this yet another Areca Palm  ( Areca catechu ) ?



Of course, Coconut palms ( Cocos Nucifera ).

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Not sure about these again - Christmas Palm ( Adonidia Merrillii  )? And Ruffled Fan Pam ( Licuala Grandis ) ?

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Broadleaf Palm Lily ( Cordyline Fruticosa ) and a Blue Ginger ( Dichorisandra Thyrsiflora ).

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Yet more pictures of Coconut palms ( Cocos Nucifera )

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I really didn't know about  the C.B. Lansing Garden  before I arrived in Hawaii, but did a little research after I arrived  -  This garden was constructed in 1995 when Terminal 1 was built ( It is located on the ground level of the makai end of the terminal ).
It was created In memory of Clarabelle Leiming “CB” Ho Lansing, a senior Aloha Airlines flight attendant who died in the line of duty on April 28, 1988.



According to what I found out about the incident, on April 28, 1988, Lansing was working Aloha Flight 243 from Hilo, Hawaii, to Honolulu when soon after takeoff the aircraft suffered an explosive decompression and lost approximately 1/3 of its roof.  According to passenger observations, Lansing was immediately swept out of the cabin through a hole in the left side of the fuselage at 24,000 feet altitude. She was the only fatality. Her body was never recovered.



All in all, while not containing a very extensive palm collection, the C.B. Lansing Garden is a very nice place for contemplation and introspection before one air travels -  and also gives one insights on how fragile life can be at any time.


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