Hawaiian Name
Alahe'e, ‘Öhe'e, Walahe'e

Common Name

Scientific Name
Canthium odoratum




Whole Plant



Location On Campus

  The Alahe‘e is located in a garden next to Kalama Dining Hall.

Natural Habitat

The Alahe‘e is found on the major Hawaiian Islands of Hawai‘i (except Ni‘ihau and Kaho‘olawe). It is also found on the islands of Micronesia, Fiji and Southern Polynesia. Alahe‘e grows in lowland areas, and in moist forests. It may often be seen on lava flows.

Cultural Information

 The Alahe‘e is indigenous to Hawai‘i. The Alahe‘e's stem was used as digging sticks (O‘o), fishhooks and spears.

Plant Description


  •  Can be thick and long


  • Small tree
  • Woody stem
  • Gray trunk 


  • Dark Green on top
  • Dull Green on bottom
  • Good texture
  • 5 cm long


  •  White in color
  • Five petals
  • Smells good
  • 3 cm in diameter


  • Edible
  • Black when ripe
  • Green when not
  • Sweet tasting
  • 3 cm big


  •  2 seeds inside fruit


  • Easily propagated by seeds

Web Site Links

Psydrax Odorata

This website will take you through learning the scientific name, family, the propagation of seeds, and how to grow the Alahe‘e.


This website tells you about the Alahe‘e's Hawaiian name, family, and places were it is good to grow.


 Abott Aiona Isabell. Traditional Hawaiian Uses of Plants. Kauai, Hawai'i. Bishop Museum Press, 1992.

Alahe'e. Environmental Quality Control. 6 March. 2003. <>

Krauss Beatrice H. Plants in Hawaiian Culture. Honolulu, Hawai'i. University of Hawaii Press, 1993.

 Lamb, Samuel H. Native Trees and Shrubs of the Hawaiian Islands. Santa Fe New Mexico: Sunstone Press, 1981.

 Little Elbert L., Jr., and Skolmen Roger G. Common Forest Trees of Hawaii :Native and Introduced. Honolulu, Hawaii: Agriculture Handbook, 1989.

 Nagata Kenneth M. How to Plant a Native Hawaiian Garden. Honolulu: Hawai‘i Office of Environmental Quality Control, 1992.

Psydrax Odorata.Culture of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources University of Hawaii at Manoa. 6 March. 2003. < March 6,2002.>

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