Flowers and the smell of flowers are abundant in Hawaii all year long. A beautiful tradition is to shower guests with a necklace made usually of flowers and sometime shells. Usually all the events and celebrations involve leis. With this simple, beautiful gesture, one shows a sign of respect and honor to the recipient of lei.
Each Hawaiian island uses its own official plant. For instance Oahu has ilima flowers that resemble hibiscus, while on Kauai, mokihana berry is their official plant. The Big Island has ohia flower, and Maui has pink lokelani. Niihau on the other hand uses white pupu shells. The official Hawaiian flower is yellow hibiscus.