Kooloa Ula | Tee - ALL SALES FINAL
100% Organic cotton | Eco-friendly dye methods | Designed in Hawaii | Made in the USA
These days, it's those big, bright, iconic Hibiscus that tend to get all the attention, but Hawaii has several endemic species in the same family (Malvaceae) whose blossoms are no less gorgeous. Let's be honest, it's the prominent structure that bears both the male and female sexual parts that's half the charm of flowers in this family. The two endemic species in this design have that same sex appeal, but in smaller format. Abutilon menziesii is endemic to the dry shrublands of Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, and Oahu (only 3% of which remain today). It went extinct in the wild, but seeds from wild populations were used to establish new ones on Oahu. These flowers come in a gorgeous range of shades from maroon to yellow and make a stunning lei when strung. Abutilon eremitopetalum is endemic to Lanai, where the last wild population comes and goes with the years and seasons. Sometimes called "hidden-petaled Abutilon," the distinctive bell-shaped calyx hides the light green petals of this highly unique flower. Ke poo weweo e kunou ana - The red, bowing head.