Pua Aloalo - Koki'o Ke'oke'o - Hibiscus Arnottianus - Hawaiian White Hibiscus
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With an untroubled soul, abiding in himself he enjoys extreme happiness. This tranquillity may be described as resembling sweet sleep, or a lamp which in calm air burns without flickering.
So, as time goes on, fixing his soul in itself, eating little, inwardly purified, he sees the soul in himself - Mahabharata
Pua Aloalo - Hibiscus arnottianus – kokiʻo keʻokeʻo ("kokiʻo that is white like the shine of silver") is an endemic species of Hibiscus with white flowers .
Hibiscus arnottianus A. Gray – kokiʻo keʻokeʻo ("kokiʻo that is white like the shine of silver") is an endemic species of hibiscus with white flowers.
Three subspecies are recognized: H. arnottianus arnottianus found in the Waiʻanae Range of western Oʻahu; H. a. immaculatus which is very rare (listed as endangered) on Molokaʻi; and H. a. punaluuensis from the Koʻolau Range on Oʻahu.
Perhaps only a dozen plants of H. a. immaculatus exist in nature in mesic and wet forests.
This species is closely related to H. waimeae, and the two are among the very few members of the genus with fragrant flowers.
It is sometimes planted as an ornamental or crossed with H. rosa-sinensis.
In the Hawaiian language, the white hibiscus is known as the Pua Aloalo .
I photographed these beauties in Iao Valley on Maui . . there is a beautiful small tree growing near Kepaniwai . .
read more about these beautiful flowers on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaiian_hibiscus
Pua Aloalo - Koki'o ke'oke'o - Hibiscus arnottianus - Hawaiian White Hibiscus
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November 2nd, 2012
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