Salt Water Trees.—Bonabe and Strong’s Island are tree-clad to tide water and below, several varieties, five we are told, grow in the marshes and flats that are flooded at high tide. Some are large and tall, suitable for timber, and all make excellent fuel. J. E. Chamberlain brought within ten day’s sail two hundred mangrove trees that were injured in a gale. Several of them still survive and may grow in the care of Mr. Derby. The mangrove tree grows from the seed that floats on the tide and may be had by gathering. By perforating the bottom of a tight barrel, then filling it full of mangrove seeds, and keeping them wet with salt water, one thousand or then thousand mangrove trees may be brought from Bonabe safely and planted on Waikiki and Ewa flats in 1876.
(Hawaiian Gazette, 3/22/1876, p. 2)