'Tis the season . Hurricane season warning by the kauna'oa. Kauna'oa also helped with issues of pregnancy blood flow as it is a medicinal plant .
The kauna`oa, that represents the island of Lana'i, is also known as the native dodder (cuscuta sandwichiana). It is a rare species that can be very difficult to find.
The kauna`oa really isn't a flower at all.
It is actually an air plant that is a parasitic twining vine. The yellow and orange strands that grow from the vine are used in lei making.
The yellowish flowers of the plant grow in tiny clusters along the stems and are only 1/16 of an inch, and little nubs on the orange colored strands.
It grows in coastal areas with sandy soils at elevations ranging from sea level to 975 feet. It parasitizes a variety of other indigenous and endemic plants on all of the main Hawaiian islands except Kaua'i and Kaho'olawe. It sunbathes with pohuehue and ilima along the coasts. #moonphases#kaucalendar#kaulana#palikai#protectors#laaulapaau#herbalnedicines#mahinamoon#tistheseason#plantsofhawaii