Hawaiian Flowers Information

Overview

The yellow hibiscus (also known as the pua aloalo) is the official state flower of Hawaii. The hibiscus originated in Asia and the Pacific islands. In addition to Hawaii's state flower, each island has its own official flower.

Oahu

Oahu's flower is the yellow ilima, often used in leis. Ilima flowers look like a small hibiscus.

Big Island

The Big Island's flower is the red ohia. In Hawaiian legend, the ohia represents Pele, the volcano goddess.

Lanai

The flower of Lanai is the yellow or orange kaunaoa, or air plant. Islanders twist this vine to create leis.

Maui

Sweet-scented pink lokelani, a pink cottage rose, is the flower of Maui. It was brought to the island in the 1880s and is the only official Hawaiian flower that is not a native species.

Molokai

Molokai's official flower is the white kukui blossom. These tiny, white flowers are another popular choice for leis.

Fun Facts

Kauai's flower is a berry called the mokihana, which is green and smells of anise. The "flower" of Niihau is the white pupu shell, found on the rocky island's shoreline. Even uninhabited Kahoolaw has its own official flower, the hinahina, which is used in lei making.

References

  • Aloha Hawaii
  • Hawaii Flower
Keywords: Hawaiian flowers, flowers of Hawaii, hibiscus flower

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Gwen Bruno has been a full-time freelance writer since 2009, with her gardening-related articles appearing on DavesGarden. She is a former teacher and librarian, and she holds a bachelor's degree in education from Augustana College and master's degrees in education and library science from North Park University and the University of Wisconsin.