Welina Mānoa

Relationship to Other Sites


At this site visit, the ʻōpelu refers to a plant that lives at Lyon Arboretum. The scientific names for the ʻōpelu plants are Lobelia hypoleuca, Lobelia Grayana, Lobelia Hillebrandii, and Lobelia niihauensis. The plant is endemic to Hawaiʻi and is also referred to as Kuhiʻaikamoʻowahie, Liua, and Moʻowahie. According to In Gardens of Hawaiʻi by Marie C. Neal, the ʻŌpelu was used to sprinkle water on an image of the rain god to induce rain.


Lobelia hypoleuca


Lobelia hillebrandii


Lobelia grayana