Hawaiian Name(s): koki‘o

Scientific Name: Kokia & Hibiscus (5 species)

Vernacular Name: none

Family: Malvaceae


Authority: K. cookei O.Deg., K. drynarioides (Seem.) Lewton, K. kauaiensis (Rock) O.Deg. & Duvel, K. lanceolata Lewton, H. kokio Hillebr.

Description: Shrubs or small trees.

Habitat Varies by species (see Wagner et al. 1990:881–891).


Non Medicinal Uses: In the Ethnology Collection at Bishop Museum there is a post-contact example of the wood made into a bowl.

Specific gravity of wood: unknown

Famous Locations:


`Ōlelo Noeau:

Dye Color and Parts: Pink & lavendar (flower petals)

Kino lau:

Location on Bishop Museum Kalihi Campus:

Propagation Information: Species vary (see Bornhorst and Rauch 1994:8; Culliney and Koebele 1999:83–86, 89–91; Nagata 1992).
Native Plants Hawaii (koki‘o ‘ula); Native Plants Hawaii (Kokia).