The most popular flower in all of Hawaiian poetry is surely the gorgeous and charismatic lehua. Legend says that Lehua, a woman, was turned into the bright red blossom after jealous Pele turned her lover into the ʻōhiʻa tree. So, sweetheart, beloved friend or relative and expert are just a few of the figurative definitions of this word. Metaphorical uses of lehua are found in innumerable stories and songs both old and new. Can you even count how many mele you've heard that talk about the mist settling on the lehua blossom? And what about the many colors of lehua, including the mysterious lehua kea (white lehua)? Imagine arriving at the spring Koʻolihilihi to find the makaloa bedecked with lehua blossoms to tickle your cheeks as you partake in the cool water! The lehua flower and the ʻōhiʻa tree are as ubiquitous in our culture as they are on the ʻāina. ʻŌhiʻa occurs from mountains to ocean and wet to dry in a variety of forms, thus the scientific name Metrosideros polymorpha (polymorpha = many forms). Its wood was used for images, house rafters, canoe parts and much more. The lehua and the leaves of the ʻōhiʻa are also known to be medicinal. E kiliʻopu ana nō me ka lehua kilipohe - Absorbed in pleasure with the moist and shapely lehua.
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