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Hōlei (5x5)

$200.00 / Sold Out

oil on wood, 2018
5 in x 5 in
mini easel included
can be hung on the wall from a hook on back
shown as a dyptich with "Pohole"

Hōlei (ho-LAY) flowers are small but sweetly scented like plumeria and seen blooming in late summer or fall. The bark of the stems and roots produced a yellow dye for kapa (tapa), or Hawaiian bark cloth used for clothing. This yellow kapa was colored by beating in the juice of the bark of the onto the cloth. The plant was also made into an infusion of bark and leaves for steam in a sweat bath. The nuts with other plants were chewed and given to infants for general debility. This rare species is naturally found in dry and mesic forests and often on lava scattered on East Maui and Hawaiʻi Island from about 2,300 to over 3,900 feet. Hōlei is also cultivated at Kīpukapuaulu, Kīlauea, Hawaiʻi.