Born of salt and ash, the Hawaiian Islands rose from the ocean as the Pacific Plate moved over a volcanic hot spot on the ocean floor. And, with each errupting volcano, they continue to evolve and take shape, even today.
The early Hawaiian landscape was barren, consisting mostly of volcanic rock, ash, and sand. Eventually, though, with the help of winds; birds; travelers who brought a variety of fauna for medicinal, spiritual, and cultural practices; and time... the lush landscape birthed a truly original and delicate ecosystem. Of the flowers and plants thriving on the islands today, most are found nowhere else in the world.
When you visit Maui, and the surrounding islands, be sure to take a moment to appreciate the exquisite beauty of the vibrant flowers and plants, both native and foreign, that call this part of the world home.