Lehua Beauty, a Cosmetics Company
We are a Southern California cosmetics company. Our name comes from the Hawaiian island and a flower on the Ohia tree called the Lehua blossom. The Hawaiian legend is tied to the volcano goddess, Pele. The legend says that one day Pele met a handsome warrior named Ohia and she asked him to marry her. The problem was Ohia had already pledged his love to Lehua. Pele was furious when Ohia turned down her marriage proposal, so she turned Ohia into a twisted tree. Lehua was heartbroken, of course. The gods took pity on Lehua and decided it was an injustice to have Ohia and Lehua separated. They turned Lehua into a flower on the Ohia tree so that the two lovers would be forever joined together. Hawaiian folklore says that if you pluck this flower you are separating the lovers, and that day it will rain.
Parts were originally posted at: The Lehua Blossom on the Ohia Tree