The story of the Ohia Tree and the Lehua Flower ... Growing in Hawaii

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Patrick J. Lambert Realtor/Salesperson Century 21 All Islands 808-937-1188

The Ohia Tree and the Lehua Flower

Having just trimmed out my whole house in Ohia wood, I have to say this is not only one of the strongest woods it is very unique and has a beautiful color. I am very pleased with how it all came out. But did you ever hear the story about the Ohia Tree and the beautiful bright red flowers called Lehua? It goes a little like this ...

One day Pele, the goddess of the volcano, met a handsome young man named Ohia. She desired to have him as her sweetheart. He confessed that he already was in love with another young girl, Lehua. This enraged Pele and she used her magical powers to transform the young man into the ugly Ohia tree. Lehua was terribly sad and pleaded with Pele to return the young man back to his human form. Pele refused so Lehua begged the gods to help her to be reunited with Ohia. Instead of changing Ohia back to a human, the gods transformed Lehua into a lovely red blossom to adorn the Ohia tree. Now when anyone picks a Lehua blossom, it will rain because the lovers have been separated. End of tale.

I have seen Ohia trees with different color flowers like orange and yellow. While the ohia in my very dry area of Ka'u run small I have seen huge ohia trees in several locations of our fine islands. If you live on the Big Island or plan on visiting you must take a ride up Mauna Loa Road and go through the Ohia Forrest. I promise you will see a white owl. Or if driving along the Hamakaa coast or beyond you will notice along the only road there is that the ohia trees are the biggest you have ever seen.


Here is a picture of some of the trimmed windows...


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