Ohia Lehua Greeting Card
The Isabella Sinclair Collection greeting cards are museum-quality 5 x 7 cards, printed on very heavy stock using archival quality paper and inks. They are blank inside with a descriptive text printed on the back. The image and text are taken from Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands by Isabella Sinclair which was published in 1885. This book was the first to feature color plates of Hawaiian flowers and plants.
Here is an excerpt of the Sinclair text which is printed on the back of this card:
There is, perhaps, more graceful song and story connected with the Ohia-lehua than with any other Hawaiian flower. The blossoms are loaded with honey, which is the favourite food of the lovely "olokele," a small bird with brilliant scarlet plumage. Few sights in the Hawaiian Islands realise one's dreams of the tropics so fully as a lehua tree in full bloom with olokeles flitting from flower to flower, the birds only distinguishable from the blossoms by their quick graceful movements.
The Isabella Sinclair Collection Fine Art Greeting Cards can be found in the South Shore Visitor's Center of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and other select retail merchants on the island of Kauai.
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