I captured this blue lotus from the gardens around the hotel and I really liked how it came out. I went to look up some information It turned out to be one of those "into the rabbit hole" types of searches.
Anyway.... to summarize,
The blue lotus is not native to Hawaii, but rather Egypt and while there is a nod to the fragrance of the flower (which I don't particularly remember) most of the conversation was about the narcotic effects of blue lotus tea. Don't get excited, the tea is only slightly more relaxing than hot chocolate and not nearly as relaxing as a Patron on the rocks.
I think, really, their value may just be in their beauty.
xoxo a.d. elliott