Tag Archives: Plumeria

Rainbow yellow

The third of my rainbow colors in response to Becky’s April Squares challenge theme of ‘Bright.’ (See more responses here.)

Today’s rainbow was taken from Kohala Mountain Road and looks down towards the southern edge of Waimea.

In the middle, a bright yellow saffron finch perches on a bare branch of a plumeria. There were zero leaves on this tree and only a few budding flowers, such as the one next to the finch.

And finally, the yellow robe of the painted statue of King Kamehameha I in Kapaau.

Plumeria flowers

Plumeria flowers
Plumeria buds and flowers

This is the time of year, around here, when Plumerias bloom again. They’re one of those trees where the flowers appear before the leaves.

In the top photo, an array of flowers can be seen against the shadow of the tree’s bare branches.

The middle photo shows a mix of buds and blooms.

Below, a closer look at the gorgeous flowers in varying states of unfurling.

Plumeria flowers


This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Sweet.’ See more offerings here.

In my part of the Big Island, plumerias are starting to bloom in their curious way where the flowers appear on the tree before the leaves. In warmer parts of the island, plumeria trees are already thick with flowers and leaves. But in all cases, the flowers are redolent with a sweet perfume.

I like this photo because the blooms in this cluster are at different stages, from the tightly-curled buds at bottom right to the fully-open bloom at top left. But my attention was drawn to the flower unfurling in the center, all shadows and light and dappled with raindrops.

Also posted in response to Bushboys Last Photo for January 2020 challenge. See more responses here.

Plumeria rubra blooms


Plumeria rubra, otherwise known as frangipani, is similar in appearance to plumeria obtusa, otherwise known as Singapore plumeria. But where plumeria obtusa is evergreen, plumeria rubra is deciduous.

This is the time of year when plumeria rubra begins blooming again. The flowers appear before the leaves, starting in January around here. This photo, taken in spring of last year, shows the flowers well established with a few green leaves also showing.

White plumeria

This week’s posts are on the theme of the WordPress photo challenge, ‘Tour Guide.’

Tropical foliage and flowers are another Hawaii must-see. Those tender house plants back home grow like weeds here. The east side of the Big Island, with its copious rainfall, is lush and green with sprays of tropical color as different plants come into bloom.

Plumerias are a quintessential tropical plant, much used here in the making of leis.

May Day is Lei Day

Plumeria flowers are widely used in leis.
May 1 has been celebrated as Lei Day in Hawaii since 1929 and is a celebration of Hawaiian culture. Each island has a different lei. The Island of Hawaii (the Big Island) features the Ohia blossom.

Plumeria flowers such as these, still attached to the tree, are often used in leis because of their fragrance and rich colors.