Scientific Name: Metrosideros polymorpha
Kinolau: Kane, Kū, Laka
ʻŌhiʻa wood was used in house construction. ʻŌhiʻa wood was also used for religious images or kiʻi.
He lā‘au ku ho‘okāhi, he lehua no Ka‘ala.
A lone tree, a lehua of Ka‘ala.
An expression of admiration for an outstanding person, unequaled in beauty, wisdom, or skill.
Ho‘i ka ‘o‘opu ‘ai lehua i ka māpunapuna.
The lehua-eating ‘o‘opu has gone back to the spring.
Said of one who has gone back to the source.
Maka‘u ke kanaka i ka lehua.
Man is afraid of the lehua.
When going to the mountains one is warned not to pluck lehua blossoms lest it rain. Only when one is going out of the upland region is it permissible to pluck flowers. So the mountaingoer is said to fear the lehua.
Pukui, Mary Kawena. Olelo Noeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings . Bishop Museum Press. Kindle Edition.