Aloha ʻĀina Gift (Wiliwili)
An endemic tree that can grow up to 60 ft. wiliwili, means “twist-twist” or “repeatedly twisting” referring to the seed pods that twist to expose brightly colored seeds. Wiliwili seeds and flowers continue to be used to make beautiful permanent and temporary lei. The lightweight wood was the preferred choice for making surfboards (papa he‘e nalu) in old Hawai‘i.
Give the gift of Aloha to the land who gives us so much!
This gift will go towards our bioclutural education for the community through land stewardship.
To show our appreciation we will plant one native Hawaiian plant for each gift given in Pia Valley O'ahu, a 330 acre nature preserve that we have the honor and Kūleana to steward. You will recieve a digital certificate with the GPS location of your tree, along with an open invitation to visit it.
He aliʻi ka ʻāina, he kauwā ke kanaka. #531
The land is a chief, man is her servant.
Source: Pukui, M. K. (1983). ‘Ōlelo No‘eau Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings. Honolulu, Hawaii: Bishop Museum Press.
ʻŌlelo Noeau compiled by Johanna Kapōmaikaʻi Stone and Danielle Espiritu
“Living on this planet, we are all stewards of it. The land does not need us, but we need it. Let’s work together to protect & preserve it for our future generations.”
-Tyrone Montayre, Founder