The native Yellow Hibiscus (Hibiscus brackenridgei) is the state flower of Hawaii. Called “Pua Aloalo” in Hawaiian–literally meaning hibiscus flower–the yellow hibiscus wasn’t actually adopted as the state flower until 1988. Prior to that, any variety of hibiscus was recognized as the flower of the “Territory of Hawai’i” stemming from a law passed in 1923, 36 years before statehood.
There are many varieties of hibiscus through Hawaii today, including several unique hybrids and new breeds. Societies, clubs, groups, and local gardeners continue to come up with new colors and other qualities. In addition to being found in gardens, the original yellow hibiscus still grows wild.