Kokiʻo keʻokeʻo or Molokaʻi white hibiscus Malvaceae
Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands (Molokaʻi only) Endangered Hawaiʻi Island (Cultivated) The two native Hawaiian white hibiscuses, Hibiscus arnottianus
and H. waimeae
, are the only known species of hibiscuses in the world known to have fragrant flowers! Early Hawaiians used these flowers medicinally. The bases of the buds of hau hele (H. arnottianus, H. furcellatus
) were chewed by the mother and given to infants as a laxative. Too, children would chew and swallow seeds for general weakness of the body. NPH00020 nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Hibiscus_arnottianus_i...