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Hawaiian Flowers

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The islands are the home of many different native Hawaiian flowers. The climate and conditions of Hawaii make it a perfect place for these tropical floral beauties. Hawaii’s flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and a variety of colors. Hawaii’s isolation from other land masses is one reason why a majority of the species are endemic, meaning they are found nowhere in the world except Hawaii. Some endemic species include the Hibiscus, ‘Akala (Hawaiian raspberry), Begonia, Nuku ‘I’Iwi (Hawaii’s beaked vine), and Greensword. But many of these endemic flowers are endangered and are nearing extinction.

Flower Leis
Lei making is a common use for flowers in Hawaii. Flowers are threaded together to form a fragrant and beautiful accessory. The lei tradition was introduced by Polynesian voyages and has really developed in Hawaii. In old Hawaiian times, the lei was used as a way to beautify oneself, distinguish important people, and even show there was peace between tribes. The lei has become so distinguished that it usually symbolizes Hawaii to many people.

Hawaiian Flowers

Hawaii’s State Flower
The hibiscus was designated the official flower of Hawaii in 1923 and was later confirmed in 1959 after statehood. The hibiscus comes in over 5000 different varieties which includes both native and introduced species.

Hawaiian Flowers