Hedonisia Hawaii Sustainable Community Rainforest Retreat
1) Plant History & General Information:
b) Region of Origin: Hawaii, USA
c) General History: In Hawaiian mythology, Ohia and Lehua were two lovers separated by the goddess Pele. Pele desired Ohia and when she could not have him she turned him into a tree. Lehua was devastated by this transformation and out of pity the gods turned her into a flower and placed her upon the ohia tree. Separating these united lovers is not encouraged, and it is said that when a lehua flower is plucked from an ohia tree, the sky fills with rain representing the lovers' tears.
2) Plant Uses:
b) As Medicine: The young leaf buds had traditional medicinal uses.
c) Other Uses: In native Hawaiian society, the hard, dark reddish wood of the Ohia was used in house and canoe construction, and for poi boards, weapons, tool handles, kapa beaters, ki?i (statues and idols), and as high quality firewood. The leaves served religious purposes in the construction of heiau. The flowers (lehua) and leaf buds (liko lehua) were used in making lei.
3) Growing Instructions
b) Best time to Harvest:
c) Sunlight Requirements: Full Shade, Partial Shade, Full Sunlight: Full/Partial Sunlight.
d) Soil Requirements:
e) Propagation: Cutting, Division, Grafting, Seed, Separating
f) Controlling Spread: ?
g) Difficulties with this plant:
h) History of this Plant at Hedonisia:
i) Location on Property:
Hedonisia Express Inquiry Form
Hedonisia Community Participant Application Form
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