Travel theme: Flowers

This week’s Travel Theme challenge from Ailsa at Wheresmybackpack? is Flowers.  

As many beautiful gardens as there are in the world, nowhere are flowers more a part of the cultural fabric than they are in Hawaii.

From the moment you arrive in Hawaii, flowers are everywhere – in the airports, on the fabrics in clothing, and in the leis used to welcome visitors to the Islands.


The state flower of Hawaii is the hibiscus, specifically the Yellow Hibiscus…

… but the hibiscus in any color is beautiful – and seen everywhere!

Hawaii offers coastal, mountain, and rain forest environments, hosting a wonderful variety of tropical flowering plants.  Here’s just a small selection of the beautiful flowers we enjoyed. (Click on a photo to enlarge it):

‘Ohi’a Lehua,  Anthurium

Rose Grape,  Allamanda

Sanchezia,  African tulip tree

Lobster Claw,  Macaw flower

Bougainvillea,   Moon Flower (I think)

Birds of Paradise,   Not sure, but think a member of the ginger family

Rattlesnake plant (yellow) and  Red Ginger,  Red Tower Ginger

As you can see, I was completely taken with the lush plant life everywhere when we visited!  For other bloggers’ flowery responses to this challenge, click here.

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34 Responses to Travel theme: Flowers

  1. Madhu says:

    Most of those grow in India, but somehow Hawaii seems to showcase them better 🙂 Lovely shots,


  2. Great post, amiga! Sorry I’ve been silent this week.. Am about to vanish from cyberspace for another few days. More soon, Lisa


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  4. Indira says:

    Lovely flowers, and lovely photographs.


  5. ailsapm says:

    Hawaii is really a flower lover’s paradise, isn’t it? Those lobster claws are really dramatic, they almost seem to be from a prehistoric era; they don’t look like they belong in the present. I think leis are the most perfect welcome gesture I’ve ever experienced.


  6. I have hibiscus in my outdoor garden area. In fact, I just went to a hibiscus show in May. Unfortunately, my camera battery died and none of my photos came out. I did purchase some double hibiscus plants to add to the others. They are so delicate and seem to float when the wind blows through the petals of the flowers. Thanks for making me aware of the fact that it’s the state flower. This has been a very intersting post. I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for posting this unusual take on the challenge. You never disappoint.


  7. thank you sharing the images of the rare flowers 🙂


  8. eof737 says:

    Beautiful… I love flowers.:-)


  9. Amy says:

    Beautiful post! I love hibiscus!


  10. bluebee says:

    Lovely photos – the flowers remind me of where I grew up on the east coast of Africa


  11. Gorgeous! But African Tulip Tree? GET OUT!!!


    • No kidding – big orange trumpet flowers the size of lilies, growing out of the tops of the trees. After a strong wind, blossoms were all over the ground! We saw those on the big island, and I couldn’t believe it either!


  12. Beautiful flowers 😀


  13. adinparadise says:

    Fabulous photos for the theme! I love Hawaii. My son and his family are there right now for a wedding. 😉


  14. Hi Retiring….Your post is so colorful and uplifting. It is no wonder Hawaii is one of my favorite spots on the planet. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  15. Inge says:

    Beautiful and thanks for sharing the names of some flowers. I like to take pictures of flowers but sometimes didn’t know their names. 😀
    Thanks for this beautiful post! 🙂


  16. fgassette says:

    Very beautiful selections of images of flowers for the challenge.



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