These fascinating trees are easy to spot in Hawaii, often growing along salty coastlines and these trees have a solid place in Polynesian culture. They are adaptogenic and can be used for low energy, sluggish digestion, hangovers, etc. The medicine of this tree is said to strengthen mind and spirit. Common names include Thatch Screwpine, Hala (Hawaiian), Bacua (Spanish), and Vacquois (French).
The fruit of the hala tree only grows on the female tree. It can be eaten when it turned brought yellow. It was used throughout Polynesia as a food during times of famine. The round fruit is a cluster of seed pods. As it ripens, the fruit breaks apart into single seeds called keys. A new hala tree will sprout from these seeds.
Every part of this tree is useful! The leaves are used in weaving. The male flowers are fragrant and the pollen is thought to be an aphrodesiac. The ariel roots are very phallic in appearance. They are an alterative, used as a blood cleanser. They are also diaphoretic and diuretic.
Nov.9th 2007 – Nov.13th 2008 – one year on foot – 4646km through China. All of the distance from Beijing to Ürümqi has been completed solely on foot, straight good old walking. He walked for a year and roughly 4500km, passed the Gobi desert, and then decided to stop walking, but just for now.
- Visit http://www.thelongestway.com where you can find travel diary, starting from day 1 (Nov 9th 2007) and describing every single day until the end one year later.
Empire State Building was built in 1931 and it was the New York city’s tallest building at a height of 1,545. In 1972 title was was overtaken by World Trade Center towers. On September 11, 2001 after terrorist attacks, which destroyed the twin towers, Empire State Building then again regained the title.
But not for long, new tower formerly called the Freedom Tower will stand at 1,776 feet when it’s completed, possibly by late 2013.
Freedom Tower In Construction
As the first office tower to rise on the actual World Trade Center site.
Freedom Tower uses new technologies and methods to maximize efficiency,
minimize waste and pollution and reduce the impacts of the development
for all concerned.