'Ohi'a Blossom

Hawaii Island Flower: Hawaii

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Red pua lehua

Ohi'a blossoms (red pua lehua on the floor of Kilauea Iki crater, Hawai'i); photo by M. Vassey on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Red Pua Lehua; 'Ohi'a Blossom

The island of Hawai'i (the big island) recognizes the red pua lehua ('ohi'a blossom) as the official island flower (Hawaii's state flower is the pua aloalo, or yellow hibiscus).

Official Island Flowers or Lei Material

Each Hawaiian island designates an official flower or lei material - Hawai'i: red pua lehua ('ohi'a blossom); Maui: lokelani (pink Damask rose); O'ahu: pua 'ilima; Kaua'i: mokihana berry; Moloka'i - Pua Kukui (blossom of candlenut tree); Lana'i: kauna'oa (native dodder); Ni'ihau: pupu (tiny seashells); and Kaho'olawe: hinahina (native beach heliotrope).

Hawaii

Images

State of Hawaii, USA (public domain image).

State of Hawaii, USA