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Tempting Ohia Lehua Blossom


Saturday evening was the culmination of the Merrie Monarch hula festivities, but not the end to the awareness of the rapid ohia death which is plaguing the island of Hawaii. Many of the hula halaus respected the unspoken ban of using the lovely ohia blossom in their hula attire as it could jeopardize future generations from enjoying the beauty of this flower.  The ohia has a significant meaning for hula and not being able to use it in abundance in the festivities was a crutch for many, but also allowed the kumu hulas (hula teachers) to think outside of the box on using other native plants and/or flowers.

Until the ohia are healthy, many hula practitioners as well as lei makers will not be entering the forest on the island of Hawaii as frequent as before.  If anyone is visiting the Island of Hawaii, take note of the poster below from Rapid Ohia Death awareness group:


On Monday, Hilo International Airport was flooded with flowers and leis left behind by visitors who could not remove them from the island in order to prevent the disease from spreading to healthy ohia on the neighboring islands.  I look forward to the day we can happily go into the forest and freely pick the lovely red, orange, yellow ohia lehua blossoms.


For Paula’s Thursday Special


Yellow Ohia Lehua Blossom (original)

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  1. It is beautiful and I find the news about this newly identified disease very sad and disturbing. When I came up with the theme I did not think about forests, but I am very grateful for this original entry, and your great edit Carolina. I hope that people visiting Hawaii will be aware of this disease. Thank you.

    • Yes its a bit disheartening, but with everyone’s help we can fight it together. It has brought the community together from diverse backgrounds in an around about way to work towards the common goal.

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  3. Here in the woodlands of Michigan it is the Pink Lady Slipper orchid that is endangered. People steal them right out of wild flower protective parks.

    The plant is lovely, I hope it renews it’s strength in numbers.

    • How awful that people would steal the orchid, I hope they are reproducing it and not just cutting it for their instant pleasure. Mahalo for the kind comment and yes I hope that the ohia lehua does overcome this disease.

      • From your lips to God’s ears. I hope they are trying to propagate the stolen orchids. And may your yellow beauties of the forest floor recover too.

  4. I am so grateful for your Posts that give me a sweet glimpse of Hawaii!! Thanks so much. Xoxoxo!!

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