This tiny and delicate flower is well known for its beautiful color and its strong scent. Its scientific name is Jasminum sambac, and its Hawaiian name is pī kake. The flower is small and bell-shaped with a soft, white color and a strong, sweet scent. It is prized for its lovely white color that may come with a green accent. It is not dyed. The pikake lei is a delicate one that you should avoid handling as much as possible. It should be kept dry, wrapped in wax paper and stay refrigerated until worn.
The pikake flower symbolizes love and romance. It was brought to Hawaii in the 1800s and quickly became a royal favorite. The jasmine flower became known as the pikake when it became the favorite flower of Hawaii’s Princess Kaiulani. She also loved the peacock, and her favorite flower became named pikake- the Hawaiian word for peacock. The kui (piercing) style of lei making is used to make strands of pikake leis. The flower pairs well with many flowers and leaves, and it can be used to add a scent to an unscented lei. Beautiful leis of white pikake flowers are often worn by brides and others at weddings as well as for anniversaries and birthdays. They are generally worn by women. See the pikake leis below and experience the delicate color and sweet scent of this memorable flower.
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