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Posted on Feb 27, 2014 | 1 comment

Photo Essay: Flowers of Kauai

Photo Essay: Flowers of Kauai

The Garden Island of Kauai is the most remote and oldest of all the Hawaiian Islands. With its rich red soil and rainfall from one of the wettest places on earth atop Mt. Waialeale, Kauai grows some of the most beautiful tropical flowers from ginger to hibiscus to plumeria and so much more. As soon as you step off the plane, you see the tropical flowers of Kauai and one of the reasons why Kauai is nicknamed the Garden Island.

Flowers of Kauai

Monkeypod

Flower of the Monkeypod Tree

The monkeypod tree grows pink flowers that resemble powder puffs. These flowers are pollinated by insects and develop edible seed pods about 4 to 8 inches long. Some believe the monkeypod tree got its name from the monkeys that congregate on its branches to eat those seed pods.

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Pink Flowering Quince

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Captain Cook Tree

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Ochna Kirkii

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Red Trumpet Flower

Flowers of Kauai

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

Considered one of the world’s most beautiful flowering vines, Bougainvillea comes in a range on colors. Loving the warmth and sun, Bougainvillea grows all over Kauai. The colorful “petals” are actually leaves that surround the tiny white flower of the Bougainvillea.

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Yellow Ginger Lily

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Coffee Flowers

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Naupaka Kahakai

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Ever-Blooming Ixora

Ever-Blooming Ixora

A member of the coffee family, Ixora is favored by gardeners in Hawaii for its continuous floral display. The name Ixora comes from the Hindu deity Ishvara, also known as Shiva. In India Ixora is used as an offering at temples and in ceremonies.

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Spider Lily

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Papaya Flower

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Orchid

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Ko‘oko‘olau

Ko‘oko‘olau

A member of the daisy family, Ko‘oko‘olau can only be found on Kauai. Found mostly in wet forests around Kauai’s north shore valleys and central summits. A Hawaiian native, Ko‘oko‘olau is being threatened by both the wild pigs and goats of Kauai, invasive plants brought to the island, and erosion.

Flowers of Kauai

Royal Poinciana

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Native Hawaiian Gardenia Nau

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Pink Plumeria

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Crepe Ginger

Which of the flowers of Kauai is your favorite?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2014.

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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.

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