Flowers from the Farm at Kukui`ula

Tropical Hawaiian Flowers

Hawaii. The melodic sound of the word calls to mind towering jade mountains surrounded by an endless blue ocean, palm trees waving languorously in the breeze, and flowers; an electric rainbow of vibrant tropical flowers, gathered in a colorful bundle, tucked behind an ear, or strung in a fragrant lei. The Farm at Kukui‘ula is home to a vast bouquet of flowers, and these beautiful gifts from nature can be found dispersed throughout the property. From the exquisite arrangements decorating the clubhouse to the subtle splashes of color sprinkled around the Spa, and the delightful edibles garnishing your dinner plate, our beautiful blossoms add a touch of natural elegance, and unmistakable sense of place, at every turn.

Flowers hold a significant place of honor in the Hawaiian culture. They are treasured gifts, silent messengers conveying specific meaning, and heroes of stories and songs. Here is a sampling of the flowers you’ll discover on our farm:

Gardenia – Spring through mid summer is gardenia season. When these white flowers blossom out of dark green shrubs, their intoxicating perfume rides the trade winds far and wide. Tuck one into your hair and leave a trail of heavenly fragrance wherever you go.

Pikake – The “flower of love” was a favorite of Hawaiian Princess Kauilani, who named the flower after her other love, the colorful peacocks surrounding her palace. The flowers are small, round, and white, and a lei made from this sweet smelling jasmine resembles a strand of pearls. Pikake played an important role in ancient courtship rituals when women were given multi-strand leis as a sign of devotion. Traditionally, the blessed pikake lei was reserved for brides, guests of honor, and hula dancers.

Stephanotis – Known in Hawaiian as pua male, meaning “marry flower”, stephanotis is a popular choice at weddings. The white, flared blossoms are strung as leis, tucked into bridal bouquets, or woven into a haku, a majestic flower crown often worn by brides.

Ginger – Several varietals of ginger grace the farm, standing proud atop their bamboo-like stems. Costus, also called crepe ginger, is a dramatic spiral ginger that forms a bold red bulb commonly used as the centerpiece in tropical arrangements.  Red, pink, and torch gingers sway regally in the breeze alongsidespectabilis, or beehive ginger, named for its resemblance to a honeycomb.

Heliconia – Sometimes referred to as lobster claw due to the unique shape of its blossoms, heliconia is a popular tropical used in landscape design. Always bold, exciting, and exotic, some varieties feature startling red and yellow color combinations reminiscent of birds of paradise.  Whether growing up strong and majestic, or cascading down from a central stalk, heliconia is a grand, unmistakable marker of paradise.

Olena – Turmeric root, a relative of ginger, is believed to be one of the original plants brought to Hawaii by the ancient Polynesians. The Hawaiians used turmeric in medicinal preparations, as a spice for food, and as a rich yellow dye for kapa, a cloth made from the fibers of trees and shrubs. The fragrant flowers are colored soft yellow, backed by a halo of green and white leaves. The Hawaiian song Pua’olena celebrates the beloved olena blossom, beseeching it to “awake and show your beauty.”

Head up to the farm and surround yourself with these, and other, pristine tropical blooms, who are quietly waiting to share their loveliness.

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