Hawaii State Flower
Hawaiian Hibiscus (Hibiscus brackenridgei) is the state flower of Hawaii. Hawaiian hibiscus is a moderately popular ornamental flower in Hawaii. Hawaiian hibiscus shrubs bear blooms almost every day, but the blossoms last only for a day even when on the bush.
The striking and beautiful yellow Hawaiian hibiscus is also known as the pua aloalo or ma’o hau hele in the Hawaiian language.
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Although, the hibiscus (a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms) is associated with the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean and the plant family Malvaceae includes a variety of species that are native to the Hawaiian Islands, those flowers regularly observed are generally not the native hibiscus flowers.
The Hawaiian hibiscus flowers are full, conspicuously large and bright yellow with a prominent staminal tube surrounding the long and slender style. There are 2 subspecies in the Hawaiian hibiscus group. The yellow Hawaiian hibiscus flower that comes under this species is the official state flower of Hawaii.
The large Hawaiian hibiscus flowers are 4 to 6 inches in diameter. Hawaiian hibiscus are yellow, generally with a maroon center, and form singly or in small clusters at the ends of the branches.The staminal column of the Hawaiian hibiscus flowers is yellow, and the flowers open between 2 and 4 p.m. and close between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.The Hawaiian hibiscus has become endangered in its natural habitat.
Facts About Hawaiian hibiscus
- Hawaiian hibiscus shrub grows to a height of 3 to 15 feet tall with a diameter of 8 to 15 feet. Young Hawaiian hibiscus plants have smooth tan trunks; the trunks of older plants have a wrinkled appearance.
- Hawaiian hibiscus flowers are found on all the main Hawaiian islands except Ni’ihau and Kaho’olawe, but the flowers are not common in any location.
- Hawaii changed its state flower from the native red hibiscus (Hibiscus kokio),on June 6, 1988, to the Hawaiian hibiscus – ma’o hau hele, the only species of yellow hibiscus.
- The leaves on Hawaiian hibiscus have toothed edges, 3, 5, or 7 lobes, and are up to 6 inches long and equally wide.
- The seeds of Hawaiian hibiscus are contained in 3/8 to 3/4 inch oval capsules. The capsule is covered with soft hairs. It is dry and tan when mature and opens to release the seeds. The seeds are 1/8 inch long, kidney-shaped, and covered with fine hairs.
- Hawaiian hibiscus flower plants can be grown from cuttings if rooting hormones are used.
- Hawaiian hibiscus bloom from spring through early summer with occasional flowers during the rest of the year.
Facts About Hawaii
The world’s longest island chain, the Hawaii Islands, is 1,523 miles long.
Hawaii’s capital city is Honolulu. Hawaii attained statehood on August 21, 1959. The origin of Hawaii’s name could be based on the native Hawaiian word for homeland, Owhyhee. Hawaii state Motto is Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono meaning The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
- Hawaii is situated within the Longitude: 154 40′ W to 162 W, and Latitude: 16 55′ N to 23 N. The temperature is mild in the Hawaiian islands.
- Hawaii is the 43rd largest state in the US.
- The geographic center of Hawaii is located off the southwestern shore of Molokai west of Lanai.
- Hawaii is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, about 2,400 miles southwest of the Continental United States.
- Hawaii is composed of 8 small islands, which include Hawaii, Kahoolawe, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau.
- Owing to Hawaii’s popularity in growing beautiful orchids, the island has the nickname The Orchid Isle.
- Cane sugar, pineapple, flowers and nursery products are the chief products Of Hawaii.
- Hawaii is the largest of the habitable Hawaiian islands and covers 4,038 square miles.
- Hawaii was formed by 5 volcanoes, two of which are still active, Kohala and Hualalai.
- The most notable landmark in Hawaii is the 760-foot extinct volcanic crater, known as Diamond Head, located on the southeastern end of the island at the end of Waikiki.
- Some of the popular Universities in Hawaii include Akamai University, Brigham Young University-Hawaii Campus, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific University, International College and Graduate School, Tai Hsuan Foundation College of Acup and Herbal, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
- The tourist industry is Hawaii’s largest source of income.
- Places of interest in Hawaii are: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – comprising the active volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa, Puhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Onizuka Space Center, Hulihee Palace – a royal palace in Kailua-Kona, Akaka Falls – the tallest waterfall on the Island, and Mauna Kea Observatory.