Monday, September 6, 2010

Naupaka Flower

I am back from the glorious island of Hawaii.  While I am still basking in the glow of such a wonderful vacation/anniversary celebration, I am going through my photographs and who I'll send which ones to.

While we were there, we visited the Botanical Gardens.  It is amazing to see the colorful and fragrant "tropicals" as they are called.

One such tropical has quite the legend attached to it.  It is called the Naupaca. Although there are various adaptations of the legend, it goes something like this...

There were two lovers. Pele, the goddess of volcanoes, fell in love with the man. When he refused Pele's advances to be with his beloved, she turned him into a flower that only blooms in the mountains.  She turned the woman into a flower that only blooms by the sea so they could never be together.

 However, they are only half flowers. That's right. You need both parts to make the flower whole.

                                                What a fragrant and fragile love story.

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