Mānoa Heritage Center



Pāʻū o Hiʻiaka

Jacquemontia sandwicensis


Crawling vine and morning glory relative named after Hiʻiaka, baby sister of the volcano goddess, Pele. The plant shaded Hiʻiaka from the scorching sun on the beach where Pele left her while she went surfing. The name means “skirt of Hiʻiaka.”  Another legend says that Pele sent Hiʻiaka on an epic journey to find Pele’s lover, and was granted a magical skirt to help her in her quest.