IA ORA NA ! (Hello in tahitian)
Today we’re going to focus on the Tiaré amazing world ! The english meaning of the word Tiaré is utterly “flower”. The Tiaré flower represents for Tahiti a vital element as usefull as the heart for an human being.
Really, what would be Tahiti, Bora bora or Moorea without the soft perfume of the Tiaré that leaves you a long-lasting well-being impression.
The sacred flower is only found in one place in the whole world that gives an authentic character to it. In fact, it is exactly on the island of Raiatea where we can find the flower and where everything has started. Its breathtaking legend says that five-petal flower represent the five fingers of a beautiful Vahine (Tahitian girl) who fell in love with the son of a king and died of a broken heart because she couldn’t marry him. The flower has the particularity to close each night and re-open at daybreak with a slight cracking sound who symbolizes the Vahine broken heart.
Today, the flower is the national flower of French Polynesia and the Cook Islands. Polynesian people use the amazing fragrance blooms in their flower necklaces, that they call “Hei” in Tahiti. Also culture and traditions in some islands say that wearing a Tiaré must determine your personal status whether you’re single or not. Worn on the right ear you will be considered available and on the other side the opposite status. Moroever, the plant is believed to have medicinal properties to treat several deseases. Indeed, the flower is used to cure for example some inflammations in the Samoa islands. Again the flower actively participates in the vahine dailylife especially the famous perfume-oil called Monoi, a nice mixture that is delicately composed of Tiaré obviously and coconut oil.
māuruuru (thank you) and pārahi ! (goodbye)