It’s the national flower of the Philippines (they call it ‘sampaguita’) – it’s also one of the three national flowers in Indonesia, (the other two are the moon orchid and the giant padma.). It’s known as Jasminum sambac, a species of jasmine from the olive family (native to South and Southeast Asia.) It is known as the Arabian jasmine in English.
In Hawaiʻi, the flowers are woven into lei (it takes about 125 buds to make a single strand.). It was the favorite flower of Princess Kaʻiulani. Kaʻiulani liked birds, too … especially peacocks. The name of her birds (peacock – pīkake) carried over to become the name we use in Hawaiʻi for these flowers – the Pīkake.