Choke Hibiscus

Choke, according to e-Hawaii.com:

choke
(chohhhk)

Definition: a lot; a large amount in quantity
Used In A Sentence: You like one penny? No worries, I get choke!
In English?: Sure, I’ll give you a penny. No problem, I’ve got quite a few.

My neighborhood got choke hibiscus! I took these photos this week, check ‘em out…

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I remember picking hibiscus with my grandma. If memory serves, there was a well-kept hibiscus garden at Wailoa State Park, near the boat ramp where there’s now an unpaved parking lot. We’d go there after picnics and use the flowers to adorn her floppy straw hat. She’d make sure we’d have hibiscus buds to bring home – the buds seemed to magically blossom overnight and welcome the morning with beaming color, delicate featherlike petals and neon pollen dust.

3 responses to “Choke Hibiscus

  1. I didn’t realize there are so many different varieties of hibiscus. Thanks off sharing. I wonder if “choke” is another unique Hilo pidgin word. I used it when I was going to school at Manoa (a long time ago) and only the Hilo people understood me. Hmmmmm…

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