ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Legend

This Hawaiian Legend explains how the ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Tree & Flower Blossom got their names. The story takes place in the Puna District on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Pele, Goddess of Volcanoes & Fire was deeply attracted to a strong, courageous and handsome warrior named ʻŌhiʻa. She was determined to win his heart & affection and asked ʻŌhiʻa to marry her. Respectfully, ʻŌhiʻa declined the marriage proposal. ʻŌhiʻa had a true love, a beautiful human maiden by the name of Lehua. Pele could not tolerate the rejection of ʻŌhiʻa choosing a mortal wahine over her alluring beauty.

The spiteful Goddess Pele turned the warrior, ʻŌhiʻa into a twisted trunk tree. Lehua mourned the transformation of ʻŌhiʻa. The crys of Lehua were heard by other Gods. The Gods listened, as they turned Lehua from a human into a beautiful scarlet red flower which blossom on the tree that was once her human love, ʻŌhiʻa.

The two lovers would be forever joined together.

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If you pick the lehua flower from the ʻŌhiʻa tree you will separate the loving couple and cause it to rain tears for the day.