MELE KALIKIMAKA ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS IN HAWAIIAN
HAND CRAFTED AND HAND PAINTED
MEASURES 4-1/2 inches tall, 3 inches at base
As a Flight Attendant I spent a great deal of time in Hawaii. In the early 1970's I spent a lot time in Hilo, Hawaii, and was very surprised to see Poinsettia plants growing practically wild. Growing up I had only seen poinsettias at Christmas, could not imagine them being a tropical plant. I purchased this bell in Hilo, in 1974, it is in excellent condition, no cracks, chips, or crazing.
Sometimes called the “Christmas Star,” poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) grow wild on hillsides throughout Hawaii. As winter comes shortened days on the islands cause the poinsettia leaves to turn flaming red, indicating that Christmas will soon be here.
The Hawaiian word for the poinsettia plant is Pua Kalikimaka, litterally meaning, “Christmas flower.” Its common name is Zach Wood or noche buena, revealing its indigenous Mexico and Central American origins. The plant was first introduced to the United States in 1825 by Joel Robert Poinsett. It was brought to Hawaii not long after.The Hawaiian environment and latitude establish an ideal breeding ground for this shrub.
It is only natural this Christmas Bell made in Hawaii features the Poinsettia.
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