Manuel Cladeira, master gardener, 1913.


The tallest sugarcane thought to be growing in Hawaii, and perhaps the whole world, is the cane planted by Mr. Manuela Caldeira in the uplands of Pauoa; it’s height reaches about thirty feet, without it losing any of its growing vigor.

The reason for it growing so tall is because of the skill of the one growing it, and he is someone Pauoa’s people speak often of for his knowledge in growing all sorts of plants, and making them fruit profusely when it is time for them to fruit.

The sugarcane was planted twenty months ago, while being cared for as the one who planted them only knows how, and it grew from when it was small until now where it has some ninety-five nodes; and as its growing strength has not abated, it is believed that this cane will reach over a hundred nodes.

It isn’t for just that cane that the Portuguese man has found fame for planting, but for all the things he plants, because when they fruit, it is very abundant, and the fruiting happens quickly.

From a single mango tree that was planted, gotten are three types of mangoes, and at times one mango will weigh almost two pounds.

As for plants grown for the beauty of its flowers, red flowers and white ones bloom on a single tree.

(Kuokoa, 2/14/1913, p. 6)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIX, Helu 7, Aoao 6. Feberuari 14, 1913.


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