Heavenly Pikake, Or Should We Say Royal Pikake?
The jasmine blossom was adored by royalty in China and in Hawaii. Fine jasmine tea like Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls were first commissioned by the Imperial Court during the Sung Dynasty.
Jasmine in Hawaii
Jasmine in Hawaiian is called pikake which is also the Hawaiian name for peacock. Both flower and bird were favorites of Crown Princess Ka’iulani (1875-1899).
In modern day Hawaii, jasmine’s heavenly fragrance is admired through the pikake lei. The pikake lei is often bestowed to beautify and distinguish loved ones at weddings, graduations, and other auspicious events.