The soft, large petals of a hibiscus heavy with dew gently fade from orange to pink as the flower’s trademark pistil and stamens present themselves on the island of Kauai.
There are hundreds of species of hibiscus cultivated in Hawaii and throughout the world. Hawaii has many native species, however the most commonly grown tend to be Chinese hibiscus varieties like this one.
In Hawaii, these big, bold flowers fill fence lines, adorn doorsteps, and centerpiece in hairstyles. While their size and make typically means that they are not used in flower leis, they are still a highlight among Hawaii’s flowers.