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Posted on Dec 26, 2013 | 12 comments

Photo Essay: Hibiscus of Kauai

Photo Essay: Hibiscus of Kauai

The hibiscus of Kauai are everywhere you turn. We saw even more hibiscus than we did on Maui. Not only did we see the most common known yellow hibiscus, the Hawaii state flower, but we also saw them in colors and patterns we’d never seen before.

Hibiscus of Kauai

A hibiscus against the Hawaiian blue sky is always a beautiful sight.

On Kauai, you will find not only the seven species of native Hawaiian hibiscus, but also the ornamental Chinese hibiscus and numerous hybrids. All colors and varieties of the hibiscus were adopted as the official Territorial Flower in the early 1920s with the red hibiscus being shown on Hawaiian memorabilia, souvenirs, and postcards. In 1988, the yellow hibiscus, a native Hawaiian hibiscus, was officially selected to represent the Hawaiian Islands.

Hibiscus of Kauai

Hawaiian State Flower

Hibiscus of Kauai

Midnight Mystery

Midnight Mystery

A favorite hibiscus of Kauai, Midnight Mystery, is sure to get the attention of many with its bright pink color and dark blackish-red center. One of six hibiscus we currently have growing at our home.

Hibiscus of Kauai

Pink & White Hibiscus

Hibiscus of Kauai

Sunset Colored Hibiscus

Hibiscus Facts

  • Hibiscus blossoms only last one day.
  • Hawaiian hibiscus bloom strongest from spring through early summer.
  • The hibiscus tree can grow up to 30 feet tall.
  • There are over 200 species of hibiscus.
Hibiscus of Kauai

Lavender Hibiscus

Hibiscus of Kauai

Kokio Keokeo

Kokio Keokeo

The beautiful red stamen pops against the solid white petals. A native hibiscus, this flowering plant can quickly mature into a small tree or be pruned for a lush hedge.

Hibiscus of Kauai

Orange Hibiscus

Hibiscus of Kauai

Peppermint Drop

Peppermint Drop

When we first saw this hibiscus of Kauai, it instantly reminded us of peppermint candy with its red and white color combination. We were delighted to learn that the name reflected its personality perfectly.

Hibiscus of Kauai

Orange & Yellow Hibiscus

Hibiscus of Kauai

Pink Chiffon Hibiscus

Hibiscus of Kauai

Red Hanging Hibiscus

Hibiscus of Kauai

Double Hot Pink HIbiscus

Which hibiscus of Kauai photograph was your favorite?

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.

12 Comments

  1. The pink & white and the sunset are my favorite! That’s so cool that you got to see so many different varieties. I didn’t know that there could be so many in one place. Love the pictures!
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  2. Great photos! I love the Kokio Keokeo, but they are all so pretty especially up close! Really makes me want to go back to Hawaii :)
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