Venomous “Flying” Snake Found on Hawaii Air Force Base

Military personnel at Hickam Air Force Base captured a small snake yesterday afternoon in a maintenance bay near the airfield.  Inspectors from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture were called and took custody of the foot-long snake.

Photo of Ornate Tree Snake captured at Hickam AFB. Photo by:  Dr. Allen Allison, Bishop Museum

Photo of Ornate Tree Snake captured at Hickam AFB.
Photo by: Dr. Allen Allison, Bishop Museum

The snake was later identified as a juvenile ornate tree snake (Chrysopelea ornate) by a herpetologist at the Bishop Museum. Ornate Tree Snakes are mildly venomous and are related to the brown tree snake, which has devastated the ecosystem in Guam.

Ornate Tree Snakes are native to South East Asia and their diet consists of lizards, mice, bats and birds. They are also known as ornate flying tree snakes for their ability to spring from tree to tree.

It is not known at this time how the snake got to Hawaii; however, Air Force personnel are continuing surveys of the area.

Hulihee Palace Debuts Monthly Oceanside Tea

With a setting and menu befitting of royalty, Hulihe‘e Palace offers a monthly Wilhelmina’s Tea. Served on fine china on the palace’s picturesque oceanside lanai, the 10 a.m. tea includes a hearty array of ribbon sandwiches, scones and tasty tidbits, plus a 45-minute guided tour of Hulihe’e Palace.

Huli Tea

Presented by the Daughters of Hawaii and the Calabash Cousins, the new activity raises funds to purchase Apple iPads for use by visiting students. The two-hour tea is priced at $35 and includes a take-home, mini chocolate Bundt cake favor.

Dates for Wilhelmina’s Tea in 2013 are June 10, July 22, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18 and December 16. Teas are held the Monday following Afternoon at Hulihe’e during the monthly Kokua Kailua Village Stroll.

Holualoa resident Faye Daniel came up with the idea for the tea as a tribute to her grandmother, an accomplished horsewoman and the first pa’u rider to represent the Territory of Hawai‘i at the California Floral Parade, the precursor to the Tournament of Roses Parade,

“My grandmother Wilhelmina would take me to tea on Sunday at the Wai‘ahole Tea Room on O’ahu,” recalls Daniel, a Daughter of Hawai‘i member. “This tea is a tribute to the memory of a remarkable woman and a true Daughter of Hawai‘i.”

While Daughters and Cousins create the lavish tea fare, Daniel’s brothers provide the delicious shortbread cookies—a family recipe—and the favors. Adding an island twist, homemade lilikoi jam is served with the scones, rather than the traditional clotted cream.

Daniel’s polished Grand Baroque silver tea pot is used to serve the Constant Comment tea and attendees enjoy tea service on an eclectic mix of pretty cups and dishes, all donated by Daughters and Cousins—each contributor’s name appears on the reverse side.

Other palace volunteers who organize the tea and serve guests are Lolly Davis, Sally Inkster, Denise Rosso and Shan Quinn.

“We’re all retired teachers and do this to raise funds so visiting students can have the use of iPads,” details Daniel. “When they’re looking at an artifact here, they can pull it up on Goggle for more info. That’s how you teach kids now.”

The Daughters mentor middle school students, teaching them about Hulihe‘e Palace, the Hawaiian monarchy and culture.

Wilhelmina’s Tea is limited to 20 guests and non-refundable reservations are required; phone 808-329-9555.

Hulihe‘e Palace: Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

Hulihe‘e Palace is open for docent-guided and self-guided tours. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; with the exception of the palace open 1-4 p.m. the Monday following the monthly Kokua Kailua Village Stroll.  Palace admission for a self-guided tour is $8 for adults, $6 for kama‘aina, military and seniors, and $1 for keiki 18 years and under. Docent-guided tours are available upon request. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit The gift shop, open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, can be reached by phoning 329-6558.