The story passed on from each generation is of ‘Ōhi‘a and Lehua; two young lovers. Pele became enticed with the handsome ʻŌhiʻa, and became outraged when he denied her advances. As punishment, she transformed the him into a tree. When Lehua witnessed what Pele had done to her lover, she was heartbroken. Lehua prayed to the gods to allow for her and ʻŌhiʻa to be together again. The gods granted her request and reunited the lovers by transforming Lehua into a flower placed on the ʻōhiʻa tree’s limbs. From that moment on, ʻŌhiʻa and Lehua have been inseparable! It is believed until this day that whenever a lehua flower is picked, rain will come representing the separated lovers’ tears.
On your next visit to the Farm at Hōkūala or to the uplands of Kōkeʻe, be on the lookout for the ʻōhiʻa lehua tree and remember what happens if you pick its beautiful flowers!