Many beautiful and exotic flowers grace the islands of Hawaii. These are some of my favorites that I saw and photographed there.
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The hibiscus in Hawaii is in a league of its own. Much larger than the ones I’d seen on the mainland. The greater size emphasizes the depth and beauty of the ruby throat, complimented by the lovely apricot hued petals.
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For all that striking red anthuriums are common in more pricey arrangements and can be seen as potted plants at home, coming across a display of them growing out of the ground is very cool. I’ve always thought they look like plastic until you really examine them, but in actuality they’re about as exotic looking as a flower gets.
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This one wins the most exotic flower contest for me, though. The bird of paradise is stunning. They too look artificial until examined closely. In fact, they’re not really very flowerlike. They look to me like what a flower from a distant, world might look like…an alien beauty here on earth.
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With its creamy white petals, yellow center, and heavenly fruity fragrance, the plumeria is arguably my favorite. A lei strung with these floral gems also known as frangipani gifts its wearer with a delicate perfume that travels with them, a reminder of the tropical paradise long after the islands have been left behind.
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And finally the bougainvillea. Thorny bunches of vibrant color cascade from large plants that are unforgettable, whether single or marking a property line like a brightly hued hedge brimming with pink, purple, or white flower clusters. Each cluster has tiny white flowers growing from them, like extra decorations trying to gilde an already gorgeous lily.

Each unique. Each unforgettable. Each an indelible ambassador of islands that take root in your soul.

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