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Hawaiian Heirloom Orange Tree

Some 70 years ago Uncle Manuel, who used to be the caretaker of the Aadheenam lands back in the 40s and 50s, brought a special orange tree he was give by the native islanders on the West Side of our island. He planted it on the land, not far from the current Rudraksha Forest, in a pasture.

The tree was famed both for its sweet taste and the fact it gives oranges all year long. It spent its years happily in the sun, munched on occasionally by our cows. But it is getting old, covered with lichen, and suffering from cow abuse. So we set out to graft it and save the genetics.

Yesterday Sean Kelly and Eilene came to help, both experts in grafting. They brought a robust root stock well established in pots, and they cut from the famed tree and grafter three copies.

Hopefully one or more will make it and we will start fresh with a new long life of oranges.

2 Responses to “Hawaiian Heirloom Orange Tree”

  1. Pethuraja says:


  2. Sankuthi says:

    Jai Jai Shree Maha Ganesh!
    Thank you Swamis for this post and I feel compelled to write a little story (true/false) do not know. Long before humans discovered surgery a King’s beautiful daughter’s nose was cut off by her angry husband in India. The king could not bear this cruelty and he summoned all the Priests in his Kingdom and asked them to pray to Lord Siva to find a solution to this problem. All the Priests prayed all night long and just before dawn received a message from Lord Siva to graft a piece of skin in the shape of a betel leaf from the leg of the King’s daughter and place it on the nose and join the nose that was cut off. And this they did and the King’s daughter regained her original nose and both the King and the daughter were very pleased. Makes me wonder if one looks deep into Hinduism answers to all questions are there, and thru meditation can achieve the impossible! Perhaps, no wonder, the shape of the betel leaf is also the shape of the human heart!
    Aum Nasma Sivaya
    Sivaya Nama Aum

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