Story of Naupaka

There are two types of the Naupaka, one growing near the sea called Naupaka Kahakai, the other in the mountain is called Naupaka Kauihiwa. Each has the shape that appears to be half of a blossom and when placed together, they form a perfect flower.

The two types of flowers represent two lovers, Kahakai and Kauihiwa, forever separated by the vengeful wrath of the Volcano Goddess Pele (pronounced peh-le).
Both Naupaka plants exist today; one on the shore and the other up on the mountains, each blooming as half flowers. It is said that the lovers can be reunited when the flower of the Naupaka Kuaihiwi and the Naupaka Kahakai are joined together after they have been picked.