Photo Essay: Flowers of Maui
Maui is known for its beautiful, picturesque, exotic flowers that are considered to be an integral part of Hawaiian culture and tradition. Locals even welcome you with a flower lei of plumeria, orchids, or tuberose to their island or special gathering. With Maui’s 17 out of 20 known worldwide climate zones all on one island, you can grow almost every kind of flower that exists in this breathtaking tropical paradise.
The Hawaiian island of Maui is a haven of tropical flowers that bloom year-round. The abundance of flowers that grow on Maui is sure to impress anyone from the hobby gardener to the most educated botanist. You will find everything from the highly recognized hibiscus to the more exotic heliconia. Numerous tropical flowers from all over the world, including the more highly specialized flowers like protea from Africa and Australia can be found on Maui, as well.
Official Hawaiian State Flower
In 1988, the native Yellow Hibiscus, also known as, Pua Aloalo, was made the official Hawaii State Flower. Before that, all hibiscus were considered the state flower. On many vintage Hawaiian memorabilia, maps, and postcards, a red hibiscus is shown as the state flower.
Queen Emma Lily
Even though the Queen Emma Lily is named after a member of Hawaiian Royalty, it is neither native nor a Polynesian introduction. It is believed to have gained its name from Queen Emma’s love of the color purple and her planting of these lilies in Allerton Garden.
Rainbow Shower Tree
The Rainbow Shower Tree is a made in Hawaii hybrid that was made the official street tree for Honolulu in 1965. A sure sign of summer on the Hawaiian islands in the blooming of the Rainbow Shower, which can be found on all of the islands.
Legend has it that during WWII when sailors were shipping overseas from Hawaii they would toss a plumeria lei into the waters as the ship passed Diamond Head. If the lei floated ashore, the sailor would return. If it floated toward the ship, he was never to return to the Hawaiian Islands.
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Have you seen the flowers of Maui? Which are your favorites?
All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.