In the true spirit of Ohana (family) my dear friend and fellow Les Clefs d’Or member Susan Koki presented me with a Pua Kenikeni Lei. Susan has been working at The Halekulani for 25 years and for the past 18 years as Concierge; she has been a Les Clefs d’Or member since 2002. She actually picked these beautiful yellow flowers from her own garden this morning and her Mom made the Lei.
The Pua Kenikeni flower is found on a small tree or shrub and is indigenous from Northern Australia and the Caroline Islands eastward to the Marquesas and is found on most of the high islands of this region. It is grown commercially in Hawaii and is esteemed for its fragrant long tubed blossoms which are worn singly over the ear or strung into leis. They are also highly favored for making scented coconut oil.
It is recommended to store this delicate flowered lei in a paper bag for safe keeping!