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The Ohia Lehua by eyeofeinstein: The flower of the Big Island grows on trees up to 98' tall. Legend has it that Ohia and Lehua were young lovers who were separated by the volcano goddess Pele when Ohia rejected Pele's advances and turned into an Ohia tree.Heartbroken, Lehua was turned into a flower and placed into his branches by other gods. To pick a flower is to separate Lehua from Ohia and fills the sky with tears which fall as rain. http://hawaiianflower.org/ #Ohia_Lehua #eyeofeinstein

ohia lehua blossom...Hawaiian traditions refer to the tree and the forests it forms as sacred to Pele, the volcano goddess, and to Laka, the goddess of hula; local legend has it that picking this flower will bring rain, unless the person harvesting it is named Lehua...