We designed our Kona product replicating, in part, the beautifully unique pili grass. It’s believed that pili grass is indigenous to Hawaii, since it’s native to many other tropical locations. Still, it’s possible that this unique grass was brought to Hawaii by very early Polynesian settlers. At any rate, at this point, pili grass is naturalized to Hawaii as well as many areas in East Asia and the South Pacific.

Pili grass, scientifically known as Heteropogon contortus), is one of 80 grass species believed to be native to the far west American islands. It’s embedded into the culture and history of Hawaii. Europeans called it tanglehead, because the mature seed heads have a tendency to tangle. We prefer the term pili grass though. In Hawaiian, pili means “to cling or stick.” Consequently, some say it’s more romantic to give a loved one a bouquet of pili grass than a bouquet of roses.


[Image by David Eickhoff from Pearl City | CC 2.0]


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