A Source of Inspiration: ʻŌhiʻa Lehua - Global Village Kailua Boutique

A Source of Inspiration: ʻŌhiʻa Lehua

“The lehua is the first tree that springs up from a recent lava flow. It’s for that reason, when we speak in Hawaiian and we speak of people who are skilled, strong, and beloved, they’re often referred to as pua lehua, or lehua flowers. They, like the lehua, have a kind of resilience, a strength and a grace about them.” Kalena Silva, University of Hawai‘i Hilo Professor of Hawaiian History

The story of the ʻōhiʻa lehua is deeply woven into the fabric of Hawaiian mythology and life. It tells the tale of two lovers, ʻŌhiʻa and Lehua, transformed into a tree and a flower so they would never be parted. This enduring love and unity resonate strongly in Hawaiian culture, influencing designers, like us, who aim to capture the spirit of the flower in their work.

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Global Village Kailuaʻs interpretation of the lehua blossom is that is has become symbol of resilience and beauty. With Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death from fungus making sightings of this flower few and far between, we have learned to revere and appreciate the lehua even more. It is often used in items ranging from apparel to jewelry. Here we have used it in clothing, gifts and accessories. As creatives we have drawn upon the rich reds and fluffy shape of the flower to create a pattern that highlights the natural beauty of the official flower of Hawaiʻi Island (Big Island).

The ʻōhiʻa lehua offers endless inspiration. Its resilience in the face of environmental challenges makes it a powerful symbol for us, as we become increasingly mindful of our role in fostering a sustainable and culturally aware business practice.

Global Village Kailua ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Collection

The ʻōhiʻa lehua’s influence in Hawaiian product design is a beautiful example of how nature and culture can be intertwined in items we use and cherish. It highlights the importance of maintaining a balance between honoring traditional heritage and embracing modern innovation, ensuring that the spirit of Hawaii continues to thrive in every crafted piece. Through these endeavors, the legacy of the ʻōhiʻa lehua continues to blossom, touching lives and inspiring minds across and beyond the Hawaiian Islands.

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