The lovely Lehua flower is the fruit of the Ohia tree that grows in many forests of Hawaii. Adding to its beauty is its important place in the Hawaiian culture.
As the story goes, Pele, the goddess of the volcano desired a handsome man named Ohia. But, Ohia was already in love with another–the beautiful girl Lehua. Enraged, Pele transformed Ohia into an ugly tree on the mountain.
Lehua pleaded with Pele to return Ohia to her, but Pele refused. So, Lehua went to the gods and begged that she be reunited with Ohia. The gods, having pity on her, turned Lehua into the beautiful red blossom of the Ohia tree so that they can be together forever.
It said that when someone picks Lehua, still today, it rains because you have separated the lovers.
A Hawaiian ‘Apapane bird calls out on the on the Big Island of Hawaii. read more
A gorgeous green Hawaiian honeycreeper called the Hawai’i ‘Amakihi rests on an Ohia tree in the islands. read more
A beautiful red lehua flower, established by Territorial legislature as the Hawaii island flower in 1923, blooms on an ‘ohi’a tree in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. read more
Superheated underground water turns into mist and is forced upward by pressure and heat coming from molten rock and hot gasses below Earth’s surface at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, creating an ethereal scene above as this steam vent shrouds Ohia trees. read more
The fine, reddish-pink hairs of a lehua flower blossom like a firework, spreading in all directions with a tip of yellow. read more
Mist flowing down the hills and into the valley bring an ethereal feel to this upcountry Maui valley, covering the Ohia and ferns with a dream-like quality. read more
Hawaii is filled with Ohia trees blossoming with Lehua flowers. These beautiful, unique flowers have a great story. read more