Flowers of Hawaii & Maui
Hawaiian flowers are plentiful on all the Hawaiian islands all year 'round. It's just one of the many reasons to visit Hawaii.
Mark Twain remembered Hawaiian flowers for decades after his visit to Hawaii. In 1889 he wrote about Hawaii, "Other things leave me but it abides... In my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago."
Yellow Hibiscus - the Hawaii State Flower
Before 1988, the Hibiscus (all colors) was the Hawaii State Flower (and before statehood in 1959 the Territorial Flower). In 1988, the yellow Hibiscus, because it is native to Hawaii, was chosen as the State Flower.
Orchids are grown commercially on several Hawaiian islands. There are orchid clubs all over the world.
Bougainvilleas have a secret. Their bright colors are not the flowers, but are the leaves. The actual flower is very tiny and is in the center of the brightly colored leaves.
Bird of Paradise is named after paradise. How appropriate for Hawaii!
Cup of Gold is a large (7-inch diameter) flower that
is native to Mexico, but often seen in gardens of Hawaiian flowers. It
is not the same as the much smaller cup of gold that is a type of poppy in
The ginger we use for flavoring food comes from the rhizome of a plant with yellowish green flowers. The related ginger plants we see in Hawaii more often have red flowers.
Proteas originated in South Africa and Australia. Because of their unusual shapes, proteas are named after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his shape. Proteas found in Hawaii include the following three, called pincushion protea, pink mink, and king protea.
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