Common Names
Heliotrope, beach heliotrope, silvery heliotrope, Polynesian heliotrope

Hawaiian Names
Hinahina, Hinahina Ku- Kahaki, nohonohopu'uone, pohinahina

Scientific Name
Heliotropium anomalum



Whole Plant




Location On Campus

It is located  in front of Alice Knapp West dorms near Keawe Gym.

Natural Habitat

This plant is found of the sandy shores on the Pacific . This plant can be found at Ka'ena Point, Waikiki Aquarium, Halawa, Xeriscape Garden, Queen's Beach, Pounders Beach, Waimea Arboretum, and Botanical Garden on Oahu. On Maui, Hinahina is located at the Maui Zoo. On the Big Island, it is located at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. In nature, hinahina can grow in a sunny tropical environment. It can also grow in different soils. Though, it can't be too dry, or too wet, it has to be perfect. Hinahina can be seen grown on low elevation.

Cultural Information

 Hinahina is indigenous to Hawaii and most of Polynesia. Their population is common. The old Hawaiians used the flowers and leaves of this plant to make a medicine for general disability, lung trouble, and to ease the pain of other vital organs.

Plant Description


  • Sometimes ascending
  • Short side branches along the main stem
  • Woody stem


  • Long and narrow
  • Covered with silvery gray hairs
  • Thick but not fleshy
  • Length can be 1-3 cm
  • Width can be 0.2-0.5 cm
  • Leaves are clustered in tight rosettes


  • A beautiful flower
  • Petals are white with a yellow midpoint
  • Sweetly fragrant
  • Lobes are linear


  • Very small in size


  • Grown by cuttings
  • Can be grown in a good potting mix (One good potting mix can be: one part black or red cinder, two parts perlite, and one part peat mix.)
  • Can also be propagated from seeds
  • The water they need is moderate to light.

Interesting Facts:

  • Mealy bugs sometimes attack the plant.
  • Can be used for landscape.
  • Flowers can be used for lei making.
  • Kaho‘olawe's designated official lei material.
  • They can/will tolerate heat, drought, salt air, and direct salt spray.

Web Site Links

Hinahina Ku-Kahakai

On this site you will find information and a picture of hinahina.


Bornhorst, Heidi Leianuenue. Growing Native Plants. Hawaii: The Bess Press, 1996.

 Derral R. Herbest, S. H. Sohmer, and Warren L. Wagher, Ed. Flowering Plants of Hawaii. Vol. 1, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1996.

 Hinahina Ku- Kahakai. Ray Tabata, Web Site Design. Hawaii State Department of Health. 12 Mar. 2003 <>

 Heliotropium Anomalum. 4 Aug. 2001. University of Hawaii at Manoa. 11 Mar. 2003 <>

 Rauch, Fred D. and Paul R. Weissich. Plants for Tropical Landscapes. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.

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