Today is the first day of Spring. In Hawaii it’s feeling more like Summer with the beautiful weather right now and the light trade winds finally picking back up. We’re happy to be easing into the season and decided to celebrate National flower day (March 21st) by sharing one of our favorite flowers with you!
This flower is included in our skincare rituals and it is also one we wear behind our ears on special occasions. You’ll find it lining the streets of Hawaii and filling little vases on our desks at the Mermaid Cove. If you haven’t guessed it yet, it’s the hibiscus.
The yellow hibiscus, or pua aloalo, is the designated official state flower of Hawaii. The hibiscus flower was adopted as the official state flower in the early 1920s. It wasn’t until 1988 that Hawaii legally named the yellow hibiscus it’s state flower. Many varieties of hibiscus have been imported to Hawaii but it is believed that there were originally only five hibiscus species native to the Hawaiian Islands. These beautiful flowers blossom all year round on Hawaii in every color combination you can imagine!
We use the organic red ‘roselle’ hibiscus flowers in our Honey Love 3-in-1 exfoliator and our Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toner. This beautiful flower has been dubbed the ‘botox plant’ due to its firming and lifting abilities on the skin. Hibiscus contains natural AHAs that can help speed cellular renewal, mildly exfoliate the skin and help to control acne breakouts. Hibiscus also helps to strengthen elasticity and moisturize the skin while making pores appear smaller due to its astringent properties. The red roselle hibiscus can also be steeped to make a delicious tea. Our most recent newsletter included this Iced Pineapple & Hibiscus Tea recipe. It's delicious and refreshing (recipe posted below).
Oahu’s flower is the yellow ilima. This is a popular flower used to make leis.
Maui’s flower is the pink lokelani. Also known as the pink cottage rose. It is the only non-native flower named one of the official flowers of Hawaii.
Kauai’s flower is actually a berry. The mokihana, a green berry that is strung like beads and only found on the slopes of Kauai’s Mt. Waialelae.
The Big Island’s flower is the red Ohia Blossom. This flower is also used to make leis and it said to be sacred to Pele (Hawaii’s volcano goddess).
Molokai’s flower is the white Kukui Blossom.
Lanai’s flower is the Kaunoao, or the yellow/orange air plant.
Niihau’s flower is the white Pupu shell, which is found on the shoreline of Niihau's rocky shoreline.
Cold Brew Iced Hibiscus & Pineapple Cooler
- 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers (about 1/2 ounce or 15 grams)
- 4 cups cold water
- 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup organic honey
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
Place the hibiscus in a large jar or bowl. Add water. Cover and refrigerate overnight (8 to 12 hours). Chop up the pineapple into cubes and place in the freezer over night. Strain the hibiscus and water mixture and serve over ice with frozen pineapple chunks, add honey to taste. Enjoy!
We really enjoyed learning about the state and island flowers of Hawaii. What is the official representative flower of your location?
Have a wonderful start to Spring everyone, it's a time to blossom and grow. Abundant aloha from Kauai!