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Lehua blossom from the ohia tree - The flower of Hawai`i

 Lehua blossom from the ohia tree - The flower of Hawai`i
Photograph by P. Fukunaga, May 2000
The red lehua, blossom of the `ohi`a tree, is the flower of the island of Hawai`i, as designated in 1923 by the Territorial legislature. The plant has many forms, from tall trees to low shrubs, leaves round to narrow and blunt or pointed and smooth or woolly. The flowers are red, rarely salmon, pink, yellow, or white. The wood is hard, good for flooring and furniture, formerly used for images, spears, mallets. It grows abundantly in wet areas. It was believed that picking lehua blossoms would cause rain.

 Lehua blossom from the ohia tree - The flower of Hawai`i
Photograph by P. Fukunaga, May 2000

 Lehua blossom from the ohia tree - The flower of Hawai`i
Photograph by P. Fukunaga, May 2000
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Updated: 6 June 2000 (pnf)