Hawaii Island Flower: Maui


Maui lokelani rose

Maui lokelani rose photo  (Rosa damascena); photo by Stefano (douneika) on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Lokelani Rose

Maui recognizes the super-fragrant Lokelani rose (Rosa damascena) as the official island flower.

"Rosa damascena (the pink Damask rose) is a native of Asia Minor, brought to the New World by the Spanish and introduced to Hawai'i in the early 1800s. Some say that seamen from New England introduced this rose which is sometimes called loke-Hawai'i. Others believe that the missionary women brought it with them. It may have been the rose which was used in a wreath for the lace cap that complemented the first holoku worn by Kalakua in 1820. Later, in 1829, C.S. Stewart reported it growing in the garden of Don Francisco Marin.

Soon the Rosa damascena became a very sought-after plant for Hawaiian gardens. It became so popular in the gardens of Lahaina, Maui, that people finally nicknamed it the Maui rose. It was along the roses that grew at McKee's Ulupalakua Rose Ranch. Before long the poets and song composers began to sing its praises and they added the final touch by making the pink Damask rose synonymous with the island of Maui. The Territorial Legislature of 1923 in a joint resolution, officially established the lokelani as the flower of Maui. It is the only post discovery plant to be recognized as the official flower of any of the Hawaiian Islands." - Quote from photographer Alan L on the Lokelani rose: Eye of Einstein on Flickr .

Official Island Flowers or Lei Material

In addition to the Hawaii State Flower, each Hawaiian island designates an official flower or lei material: Hawai'i - red pua lehua ('ohi'a blossom); Maui - lokelani (pink Damask rose); O'ahu - pua 'ilima; Kaua'i - mokihana berry; Moloka'i - Pua Kukui (blossom of candlenut tree); Lana'i - kauna'oa (native dodder); Ni'ihau - pupu (tiny seashells); and Kaho'olawe - hinahina (native beach heliotrope).



State of Hawaii, USA (public domain image).

State of Hawaii, USA