Plant of the Month for April 2024: Pua Kenikeni

The delicate flowers of the pua kenikeni have a wonderful strong fragrance. (Kim and Forest Starr/Courtesy photo)

The delicate pua kenikeni lei usually only lasts for a single day. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

The two-inch blossoms of the standard pua kenikeni tree change color from white to light orange during their several days on the tree. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Seeing lots of beautiful pua kenikeni lei in Hilo for Merrie Monarch, is encouragement to grow my own. You too might want to consider growing this lovely, delicate and very fragrant flower in your garden.