Hāpuʻu Hawaiian Tree Fern Jewelry

What is Hāpuʻu?

Hāpuʻu is a type of tree fern native to Hawaiʻi, specifically found in the humid forests of the islands. Its scientific name is Cibotium glaucum, and it is also known as the Hawaiian tree fern.

The hāpuʻu fern can grow up to 30 feet tall, with a slender trunk and long fronds that can reach up to 10 feet in length. The fronds are bright green when young, but turn darker and more leathery as they mature. The trunk of the hāpuʻu fern is covered in a dense layer of hair-like fibers, which give it a fuzzy appearance.

In Hawaiian culture, hāpuʻu has been used for a variety of purposes, including as a building material for shelters and canoes, as well as for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Today, hāpuʻu ferns are popular in landscaping and gardening, and are often used as ornamental plants in tropical and subtropical regions around the world.