The Naupaka Legend
The beautiful Naupaka grows a unique half-flower at the beach and its counterpart in the mountains. There are many different legends explaining how this odd flower came to be, and here is one.
It is said that two lovers, greatly devoted to each other, came to the attention of Goddess Pele, but Pele appeared only as a stranger to him. No matter what Pele did the lovers had always remained devoted to each other. Angered, Pele chased the young man into the mountains, throwing molten lava at him. Pele's sisters witnessed this, and to save the young man from a certain death they changed him into the mountain Naupaka. After that, Pele immediately went after the young woman and chased her towards the sea, but yet again Pele's sisters stepped in and changed the young lover into the beach Naupaka. It is said that if the mountain Naupaka and beach Naupaka flowers are reunited, the two young lovers will be together again.