Kauna'oa

Hawaii Island Lei Material: Lana'i

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Kaunaoa plant

Cuscuta sandwichiana plant (Kauna'oa) at Kanaha Beach, Hawaii; photo by Forest and Kim Starr on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Kauna'oa

The hawaiian island of Lana'i recognizes the kauna'oa (Cuscuta sandwichiana), also called native dodder, as the official island lei material.

Official Island Flowers or Lei Material

In addition to the Hawaii State Flower, 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).

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Images

Leis of Cuscuta sandwichensis (kaunaoa, dodder) and Alyxia oliviformis (maile); photo by Scot Nelson on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Leis made with Kauna'oa

State of Hawaii, USA (public domain image).

State of Hawaii, USA