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Posted on Aug 15, 2013 | 20 comments

Photo Essay: Flowers of Maui

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.

Flowers of Maui

Hot Pink and White Hibiscus

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Tiare Tahitian Gardenia

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Yellow Hibiscus

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.

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Hanging Lobster Claw Heliconia

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Bird of Paradise

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Shell Ginger

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Queen Emma Lily

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.

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Pink Plumeria

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Pink Chiffon Hibiscus

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Water Lily

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Rainbow Shower Tree

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.

Flowers of Maui

Red Ginger

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Dendrobium Orchid

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Golden Trumpet

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Rainbow Plumeria

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.

To view even more flowers of Maui, click on a square below:

Have you seen the flowers of Maui? Which are your favorites?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes


Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.

20 Comments

    • Erin, I love those, too. We used both of those flowers for our wedding. You also will be seeing them make an appearance real soon in something for AfterGlobe. Reveal to come in the future!
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  1. Oh wow I absolutely love your pictures!
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  2. Beautiful flowers and photos! I love looking at flowers, but never know the names of any of them. I’ll have to start paying more attention!
    Jenna recently posted…In Motion: NorwayMy Profile

    • Thanks, Jenna. I grew up gardening and learned a lot of flower names. I didn’t know all of these though and had to do a little investigating to find some of them.
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  3. Very pretty Kimmy! I really like your water lily photo! Having just spent a month in Hawaii I was thinking of doing a similar post! It’s so nice that a lot of the flowers smell as beautiful as they look!
    Anna recently posted…Fishing – Kailua Kona, HawaiiMy Profile

    • Thanks, Anna. My camera’s battery died right after I took that waterlily picture. It’s true, so many of the Hawaiian flowers sound amazing!
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  4. I love the hanging lobster claws, but I never knew the name. Makes perfect sense though.

  5. GORGEOUS photos, guys! I’ve always loved the flora of Hawaii… well, the tropics in general. Heliconia, hibiscus, birds of paradise, red ginger… they’re all so beautiful!

  6. Beautiful!! I love pictures of flowers, especially when living in a tropical place that has such a vibrant variety! How can you not snap a picture of something so simple but yet so colorful and brings so much life? Thanks for sharing!
    Samantha recently posted…Selvatura Park – Flying over the cloud forestMy Profile

    • Thanks, Samantha! It hard to resist taking photos of vibrant tropical flowers. They really do bring beautiful color into our lives.

  7. We don’t often think to take photographs of flowers but there really are some which are just spectacular!

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