The name Protea comes from the mythical sea god Proteus who could assume many different shapes.  The flower is surrounded by colourful bracts which slowly open up to give a flower head as big as 25cm across. Proteas come in pinks, creams, oranges and charcoal and are available all year round. They can be seen  growing all over Upcountry Maui and in the Garden of Eden, along the Road to Hana. Check with Hana Picnic Co. for directions.