MILO

Thespesia populnea

Milo

Milo

Scientific Name: Thespesia populnea

Indigenous / Polyneisian Introduced

Cultural Use

The inner bark was used to make cordage. The wood was prized (second to kou) for making bowls and other dishes. 

ʻŌlelo Noʻeau

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He milo ka lāʻau, mimilo ke aloha
Milo is the plant; love goes round and round
Said of the milo tree when its leaves, blossoms or seeds were used by a kahuna who practices hana aloha sorcery

 

Pukui, Mary Kawena. Olelo Noeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings . Bishop Museum Press. Kindle Edition. 





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