An ohia lehua tree (Metrosideros polymorpha) provides rare color on a lava field in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii.

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An ohia lehua tree (Metrosideros polymorpha) provides rare color on a lava field in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Ohio lehua are the most abundant native trees in Hawaii and are among the first life in new lava flows. According to Hawaiian legend, the tree is actually a young warrior. Pele, the goddess of fire, wanted to marry the warrior. When he refused, she turned him into a tree. The other gods weren't able to turn him back, so they turned his true love into the lehua blossom so they could be reunited. It's said that if you pick one of the blossoms, it will rain – the tears of lovers.
Location: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii