The Ohi’a tree is a twisted and not overly attractive tree except for the blossoms. The Lehua blossom on the Ohi’a tree has a legend to go with it. The goddess Pele was attracted to the man Ohi’a. He told Pele he was in love with Lehua, so she turned him into a tree. The other gods feeling sad for Lehua because she loved Ohi’a turned her into a beautiful blossom and placed this blossom on the Ohi’a tree. Now the two lovers would always be together. Legend continues that if you pick a Lehua blossom it will rain the tears of the separated lovers.
It is such a beautiful blossom.