Vera Vladimirovna Komstadius, daughter of Vladimir Malama and wife of Nikolay Nikolaevich Komstadius, a Major General in the Imperial Army. She’s related to Yakov Malama, commander of Caucasus, and his son, Dimitri, who was the crush of Tatiana Nikolaevna, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
She had five children: Sophia, Vera, Maria, Nikolay and Vladimir. In 1920, she and her children left Russia, and settled down in Greece as a part of Grand Duchess Vladimir’s daughter Elena Vladimirovna’s retinue. In 1923, the family moved to France.
Before plastic, fiberglass, or epoxy, Wiliwili wood was used to build surfboards, ‘amas for canoes, and floats for fishing nets. As a dry forest specie, Wiliwili are so highly adapted to their environment that they will lose their leaves during summer months to store energy for the next rains. Wiliwili’s name means ‘twisty’ and may refer to how their seed pods twist open to disperse seeds or to the twisting of the Wiliwili’s branches.
A sight so unique and unlike no other the color of the Wiliwili’s bark can vary from grey green and yellow, to orange and dark red. Their flower colors can range from orange to neon green to rare white colors, while their seeds range from light orange to dark red. The flowers and seeds were used in lei, and the leaves of the Wiliwili, when yellow, look like it’s Kumulipo ocean counterpart, the Lauwiliwilinukunukuʻoiʻoi (Longnose or Forceps Butterflyfish).
A Wiliwili’s uniqueness among the landscape makes it a sight worth pointing out for many passing through the dry areas of Hawaiʻi, but as many threats encroach on it’s native habitat -invasive species, human development, climate change and no laws protecting it, Wiliwili are now becoming rare. These trees are worth protecting, not only for the future of Hawaiʻi’s dry forests, but for perpetuating our island culture.
Gov. David Ige said Tuesday that after talking with the University of Hawaii
and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, there will be a “timeout” for about
a week on the construction on the $1.4 billion Thirty-Meter Telescope
on the summit of Mauna Kea.
At a news
conference Tuesday to announce his nominee to lead the Department of
Land and Natural Resources, Ige said that he has been in “meaningful
discussions” with groups that have an interest in the telescope.
agreed there would be value to have some further dialogue on Mauna Kea,”
Ige said. “I do know it’s a significant project and this will give us
some time to engage in further conversations with the various
stakeholders that have an interest in Mauna Kea.
week, Hawaii County Police arrested and cited 31 people for trespassing
and blocking work vehicles from reaching the construction site.
have been holding vigil at the 9,000-foot level, objecting to the
construction of what’s being billed as the world’s largest telescope.
They say the mountain is sacred and that the 180-foot-tall project is
too massive, threatening sacred shrines and burials and the island’s
University of Hawaii approved a sublease agreement for about 9 acres
leased from the state last year after the state Board of Land and
Natural Resources approved the project in 2013 following a seven-year
environmental review that featured more than 20 public hearings.
say the Thirty Meter Telescope will be the most advanced and powerful
optical telescope on earth, capable of viewing galaxies at the edge of
the observable universe, near the beginning of time.
legal challenges are still pending in court, the Land Board signed off
on a notice to proceed with construction March 6, allowing construction
equipment to be hauled to the site.