Location: Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA
Address: 626 Front Street #4
Date: Feb 2017
Front Street in Lahaina is filled with many shops and restaurants. One of our favourite places to visit when on the Hawaiian island of Maui is Dan's Greenhouse. We leave Front street and hurry up the stairs to the top floor. The shop is filled with exotic plants, birds and usually one or two mini-pigs.
There are Fuku bonsai trees and other plants just waiting to thrive under the Hawaiian sun. As tourists we were not looking to take a plant home and didn't think customs would let us anyways. We came to spend a little time with the wild animals who seem to enjoy seeing us as much as we enjoy seeing them.
A black palm cockatoo was sitting by the window. It looked as if he was in charge of flipping the OPEN sign at the end and start of each day.
In the next window sat a beautiful female eclectus parrot. These parrots have extreme sexual dimorphism. The female is bright red and the male is bright green. Easy to tell them apart, but people used to think they were two different species.
In a small little pen in the middle of the store were two little piggies. They were so cute and were wearing floral leis. These are known as Göttingen mini-pigs and grow to be about 35 kg as adults. The myth of the teacup pig isn't true. Be careful if buying a pig as a pet as you don't want your little cuddly piglet to end up being a 200 kg plus porker. These two little guys grew on us while we were visiting, but only in our hearts.
As we headed for the door, one last bird wanted our attention. A bare-eyed cockatoo was speaking to us. It wasn't long before it had hopped up onto one of our shoulders to get a better look. We spent some time talking with our new feathered friend until the store owner moved it back to its perch. Good-bye little friends. That includes all of you pigs, birds and even plants. After all some positive words never hurt a plant's growth.
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