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Delicate pua kenikeni make fragrant, colorful lei

By Heidi Bornhorst

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 15, 2012

~~<p>Pua kenikeni, a favorite garden and lei plant, is not native to Hawaii, nor did the ancient voyagers bring it on their great voyaging canoes.</p>
<p>It got to Hawaii only in the late 1800s and became widely popular in about 1920. It was given the name pua kenikeni (10-cent flower) because the fragrant flowers were so highly prized that they sold for 10 cents each.</p>
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Pua kenikeni, a favorite garden and lei plant, is not native to Hawaii, nor did the ancient voyagers bring it on their great voyaging canoes.

It got to Hawaii only in the late 1800s and became widely popular in about 1920. It was given the name pua kenikeni (10-cent flower) because the fragrant flowers were so highly prized that they sold for 10 cents each. Login for more...



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