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Calling all lovers of melia! It's Plumeria Week on The Conversation

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Lillian Tsang
University of Hawaiʻi professor Richard Criley takes Hawaiʻi Public Radio on a walking tour of a UH research station plumeria plot in Waimānalo on Sept. 2, 2022.

Frangipani, melia, or plumeria. Whatever you call this fragrant bloom, it's coming to the end of its growing season. The trees will enter a dormant period. Leaves will drop and so will their watering needs until it gets close to spring.

Although they are not native to Hawaiʻi, the hardy plumeria continues to fascinate with its many hues and fragrances. For Plumeria Week on The Conversation, we spoke to plumeria experts and farmers from across the islands. Take a listen to those stories below.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
Lillian Tsang is the senior producer of The Conversation. She has been part of the talk show team since it first aired in 2011. Contact her at
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