Naupaka half white flowers... the heart broken couple | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Naupaka half white flowers... the heart broken couple | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Naupaka kahakai (Scaevola taccada) by Jupiter Nielsen, via Flickr

Naupaka kahakai (Scaevola taccada) by Jupiter Nielsen, via Flickr

Beach Naupaka (Scaevola sericea) - photographed in Hawaii by B N Sullivan

Beach Naupaka (Scaevola sericea) - photographed in Hawaii by B N Sullivan

Beach naupaka 365/365  One of Hawaii’s most famous legends is built around naupaka, a shrub found in the mountains or near the beach. The flower’s unique appearance—it resembles a half-flower, with petals missing—caused early Hawaiians to believe it was the incarnation of an ancient native separated from her lover.

Beach naupaka 365/365 One of Hawaii’s most famous legends is built around naupaka, a shrub found in the mountains or near the beach. The flower’s unique appearance—it resembles a half-flower, with petals missing—caused early Hawaiians to believe it was the incarnation of an ancient native separated from her lover.

Hawaiian name: Kamapua'a. This lovely plant is endemic to the islands of Kauai and Oahu. Kadua fluviatilis is a candidate for the Endangered Species list. Candidate species are those plant and animal species for which there is sufficient information to propose them as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. National Tropical Botanical Garden

Hawaiian name: Kamapua'a. This lovely plant is endemic to the islands of Kauai and Oahu. Kadua fluviatilis is a candidate for the Endangered Species list. Candidate species are those plant and animal species for which there is sufficient information to propose them as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. National Tropical Botanical Garden

The naupaka plant produces tiny, delicate flowers that look like they have been torn in half. According to Hawaiian legend, Naupaka was a princess who fell in love with a commoner named Kaui, but they could never marry. Naupaka vowed to stay in the mountains while Kaui remained along the ocean. Before parting, Naupaka took the flower from her hair and tore it in half, giving it to Kaui. The nearby plants were so saddened by the lovers that forever after they bloomed only half flowers…

The naupaka plant produces tiny, delicate flowers that look like they have been torn in half. According to Hawaiian legend, Naupaka was a princess who fell in love with a commoner named Kaui, but they could never marry. Naupaka vowed to stay in the mountains while Kaui remained along the ocean. Before parting, Naupaka took the flower from her hair and tore it in half, giving it to Kaui. The nearby plants were so saddened by the lovers that forever after they bloomed only half flowers…

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