Ohi'a Lehua Blossom in Haku Picture

Went to First Friday in Wailuku and watched a number of traditional Hawaiian crafters practice their art. This is a haku, a flower garland (lei) for the head, to be worn like a crown. In Hawaiian mythology, Ohi'a and Lehua were two young lovers. The volcano goddess Pele fell in love with the handsome Ohi'a and approached him, but he spurned her advances. In a fit of jealous rage, Pele transformed Ohi'a into a tree. Lehua was devastated by this and out of pity the other gods turned her into a flower, placing her upon the ohi'a tree. Separating these lovers is not encouraged, and it is said that when a lehua flower is plucked from an ohi'a tree, the sky fills with rain representing the lovers' tears.
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