MOKULEHUA - Assorted Pua Kui ʻŌmou

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Soft Enamel Pin
Metal Clasp Backing
1.5 inches



Kiʻele or Gardenia jasminoides, is the common gardenia.
Gardenias are shrubs that can grow 2-8 feet high. They have thick, glossy, oval leaves and thick, white, fragrant flowers. Flowers are used by florist, and lei makers.

There are over 200 species of gardenia. Several species that are endemic to Hawaiʻi have become rare or endangered. This specific gardenia is native to China.  



Puakenikeni or Fagraea Berteroana was introduced to Hawaiʻi around the 1930's. It is known for its abundance of flowers and beautiful aroma. Puakenikeni was sold for 10 cents, from which it received its name, ("pua" meaning flower, and "kenikeni" meaning dime).

The puakenikeni tree can grow an average of 13 feet tall, with a quite skinny trunk and branches that grow green blunt leaves. The flowers of the puakenikeni are easily bruised and must be handled delicately when picking and stringing leis. The color of the flowers can go from a creamy white in the morning, a golden yellow mid day, and orange in the afternoon, which grow from bulbous stalks attached to the tree branches.



Proteas were introduced to Hawai’i around the mid 1960’s. They originally came from South Africa. The King Protea has the largest flower head in the protea family. What we see as the “flower” of the protea is actually colorful bracts surrounding smaller flowers in the center. There are many different species of King Protea with colors ranging from white, green, red, pink, and black.



Pakalana was most likely intorduced to Hawaiʻi by Chinese immigrants. It grows fairly easy with well drained soil and a lot of sun. The plant itself looks like a thin weedy vine that grows over fences, walls, and trellises. While the plant as a whole might not by so eye catching, the flowers, hidden by large heart shaped leaves, bring a beautiful fragrance. The flowers vary from a light green to mustard yellow color, and grow in small clusters.