ʻōhiʻa lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha), the most common tree native to Hawaii. Actually, the tree is referred to as ʻōhiʻa, the flower as Lehua. ʻōhiʻa was a prince on whom Pele developed a huge crush. He loved a commoner woman (Lehua). When Pele demanded ʻōhiʻa's hand in marriage, he told her that he was in love with Lehua. To this news, Pele became enraged, and she turned him into the tree. Once Lehua learned about this, she was tremendously distraught. The gods took pity on her. Apparently unable to reverse Pele's spell, they instead chose to turn Lehua into the beautiful blossom, so that she and ʻōhiʻa would forever be together. According to the myth, whenever one picks one of these flowers, the heavens rain with the tears of these two separated lovers. Even today, local rangers say that, if one picks this flower, there will be at least a 70% chance that it will rain sometime during that day. Of course, the same is true in this area if one respects these lovers' wishes, also.