Hidden Meaning of Your Favorite Flowers

Written by: Renee Heimgartner



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Aloha my tribe of nature lovers! Here’s a little sprinkle of tropical magic from Hawaii! But do you know the hidden meaning of your favorite blooms? In this paradise, every flower whispers a secret, a hidden meaning. Let’s appreciate the beauty of nature and what it teaches us through the symbolism of these popular Hawaiian flowers.

Cluster of white plumeria flowers

The plumeria, also known as frangipani, is more than just a beautiful flower in Hawaii - it’s laden with deep cultural symbolism. Traditionally associated with positivity, the plumeria flower represents everything that is good. It also symbolizes new beginnings, transformation, and the continuity of life, making it a common sight in Hawaiian weddings. 

Yellow Hibiscus Flower

The vibrant hibiscus, the state flower of Hawaii, represents beauty and glory. It is often given on anniversaries or to women to acknowledge their beauty inside and out. In Hawaiian culture, hibiscus embodies power and respect and is often associated with the goddess of hula and the moon. 

Row of Green Hawaiian Tropical Leaf

The ti leaf symbolizes healing, protection, and good luck while the Maile leaf stands for respect, peace, and divine protection. Traditionally, ti leaves were considered a symbol of divine power, protection, and healing. It was used as a powerful tool in rituals and ceremonies. Maile leaf was considered sacred and was used to ward off evil spirits. It is often used for making lei - a symbol of respect, love, and friendship. 

Hawaiian Palm Tree

The majestic palm tree is a symbol of victory, peace, and fertility. Beyond their obvious beauty, these trees represent peace and prosperity. In ancient Hawaiian mythology, the palm tree was considered a ‘Kumu’ or a source of life, due to their ability to provide shade, food, and even materials for building and crafting. Their resilience in withstanding stormy weather also represents strength and flexibility. 

Traditional Hawaii

The koa wood tree, one of the tallest trees in Hawaii, symbolizes bravery and strength and was often used to make canoes in which great warriors traveled to other islands. In the heart of Hawaii, the koa wood tree stands not just as a part of the natural landscape, but as a beacon of meaningful symbolism. This majestic tree is revered as a symbol of fearlessness in Hawaiian culture. 

Next time you admire these beautiful tropical flowers, remember they’re not just a pretty sight; they carry deep meanings and symbolism. Each flower is a story waiting to be told so dive deep into the poetry of nature and let it inspire you! After all, we’re just a bunch of wildflowers with human hearts. 

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