As you walk along the coastal trails, keep your eye out for many of the plants that are native to Hawaii. Watch for the shrub-like naupaka with it half flowers of white. Growing along the lava, you may spot the lavender pohuehue, a native beach morning glory. Walk under the shade of the gracious hala tree, whose leaves are used to weave mats and baskets. Native plants may be either indigenous, meaning that they are found in our island chain as well as other places in the world, or endemic meaning that they are found only in the Hawaiian Islands.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the ki'i (carved wooden images) found throughout the park are carved from the 'ōhi'a tree? This tree grows in the uplands of Hawai'i and is among the first plants to colonize new lava flows.