Mānoa Heritage Center




Zingiber zerumbethi 

Polynesian Introduction

This seasonal plant disappears from our garden (except for its tubers) during winter months. Also known as “shampoo ginger,” it was brought by Polynesians as a medicine and can be found growing near many streams throughout the Hawaiian islands. The ginger gets its nickname because of the thick perfumy sap contained in the ripe flower buds that is popular to use to wash or condition your hair.