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The Color of Paradise: 5 Amazing Flowers Native to Hawai’i

One of the major sources of beauty in Hawai’i is its lush, tropical plant life. You can find a kaleidoscope of colors among that greenery, thanks to the island’s unique and mesmerizing native flora. Read on to learn about 5 amazing flowers native to Hawai’i that showcase the color of paradise.

Hinahina

The hinahina is a delicate plant that produces white flowers and thrives in coastal sands. Its small, clustered flowers add a touch of ethereal beauty to the shoreline. Hinahina isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, either—you can also use the flowers to make a tasty tea.

Ma’o Hau Hele

Another amazing flower native to Hawai’i is the ma’o hau hele, which people also call “the Hawai’ian hibiscus.” Featuring gorgeous yellow and red hues, this flower begins blooming toward the end of winter. Although this plant currently has an endangered status, it enjoys a long life of more than 5 years and can often be found in dry forests.

Ko‘oloa‘ula

The Ko‘oloa‘ula is another beautiful yet endangered flower native to the Aloha State. It can grow up to 10 feet tall and appears in various colors, including red and purple. Because of its rare status, people consider this flower a treasured find in the wild.

Nānū

If you’re looking for a native flower that will give you a fragrance as beautiful as its appearance, try the nānū plant, a type of gardenia. People can usually find this fragrant, white-flowered shrub or small tree in the dry forests of Hawai’i. Its creamy white, tubular flowers emit a sweet, coconut-like aroma that adds to the experience of encountering one.

Molokai Ohaha

The Molokai ohaha is a critically endangered succulent native to the island of Moloka‘i. It has a bulbous base and long, slender leaves that form a rosette. Its pale yellow tubular flowers hang down from the center of the rosette, creating a striking, unique appearance.

From the hinahina to the ma’o hau hele, these 5 native Hawai’ian flowers showcase the natural beauty of Hawai’i. You can also enjoy the unique, exotic plant life of the Aloha State by purchasing a ti leaf and maile lei from Hawai’i Lei Stand. We handcraft our lei and ship it to you fresh, making it a wonderful, memorable addition to your special occasion.