from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name in Hawaii of a shrub of the nettle family, Pipturus albidus, found on all the islands of the group, and one of the two principal plants from which kapa is prepared.
- n. The kapa or cloth made from this plant.
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So too, there are sections where the introduced guava and the mamaki are still plentiful, and the ou is very fond of the fruit and berries.
Watch for mamaki, a nettle used for tea and medicine, and loulu, a fan-shaped palm native to Hawaii.
For a thriftier approach, try a tin of Mountain Thunder's organic Hawaiian green tea blend ($8) or its organic loose-leaf mamaki tea ($10), classified as a white tea.
Like all true Kona coffee, it's hand-picked, which adds to the cost but helps control the quality; the beans are also rigorously sorted by size and color to improve the flavor, The endemic mamaki plant, also grown at the upcountry site, is actually a nettle that lost its prickles as it evolved in the islands; it produces a caffeine-free tea that's high in antioxidants.
While the pulelehua is not officially endangered, the decline in mamaki, a native thornless nettle on which the butterfly lays its eggs, and in koa forests, where it feeds on sap, are a cause for concern.