Celebrating plumeria on Lei Day

  • Making a plumeria lei can be easily done using a lei needle. (ksbe.edu via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Plumeria trees grace many landscapes in Hawaii and their fragrant flowers are associated with Hawaii more than any other blossom. Though not native to Hawaii, plumeria trees are rather ubiquitous here and are sometimes referred to as the “backyard flower.” Many of us have them in our gardens and use the flowers to create lei for special occasions.