Ilima

‘Ilima is commonly found on rocky or sandy coasts but can also be in lava fields, and dry and mesic forests throughout Hawai‘i from sea level to 6,500 feet. It was said the ‘ilima was Queen Emma’s favorite flower for lei. This picture was taken on the coastline of Molokai’s North Shore last summer. Photo by Rebekah Magers

Ola no i ka pua o ka ‘ilima

“There is healing in the ‘ilima blossoms.”

The ‘ilima blossom is on of the first medicines given to babies. It is a mild laxative. Hi‘iaka, goddess of medicine in Pele‘s family, used ‘ilima in some of her healings.

Source: ‘Ōlelo Noʻeau, by Mary Kawena Pukui