people have asked where the name Lehua Ukulele came from.
In Hawaii there is a common tree in the forest called the
Ohia tree, that is important in Hawaiian culture. It bears
beautiful flowers called Lehua blossoms. Occasionally these
blossoms are yellow or orange, but the most common color
is red. There is a legend associated with Ohia tree and
Leyend of Ohia and Lehua
day Pele, the goddess of the volcano, met a handsome young
man named Ohia. She desired to have him as her sweetheart.
He confessed that he already was in love with another young
girl, Lehua. This enraged Pele and she used her magical
powers to transform the young man into the ugly Ohia tree.
Lehua was terribly sad and pleaded with Pele to return the
young man back to his human form. Pele refused so Lehua
begged the gods to help her to be reunited with Ohia. Instead
of changing Ohia back to a human, the gods transformed Lehua
into a lovely red blossom to adorn the Ohia tree. Now when
anyone picks a Lehua blossom, it will rain because the lovers
have been separated.