Scientific Name: Dodonaea viscosa
The seed capsules are used to make beautiful lei and can also be used for dye. The wood was traditionally used for small tools and weapons. It was used for short posts for hale.
He ʻaʻaliʻi kū makani mai au, ʻaʻohe makani nana e kūlaʻi.
I am a wind-resisting ʻaʻaliʻi; no gale can push me over.
A boast meaning “I can hold my own even in the face of difficulties.” The ʻaʻaliʻi bush can stand the worst of gales, twisting and bending but seldom breaking off or falling over.
He hina na ka ‘a‘ali‘i kūmakani, he ‘ula‘a pū me ka lepo.
When the wind-resisting ‘a‘ali‘i falls, it lifts the sod up with its roots.
A boast: When I, a powerful man, fall, others will fall with me.
He iki ‘a‘ali‘i ku makani o Pi‘iholo.
A small, wind-resisting ‘a‘ali‘i bush of Pi‘iholo.
A small but powerful person.
Abbot, Isabella A. Lāʻau Hawaiʻi: Traditional Hawaiian Uses of Plants. Bishop Museum Press.
Pukui, Mary Kawena. Olelo Noeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings . Bishop Museum Press. Kindle Edition.