Petals in the Wind was not just what I suspect was a not very good movie. They are a great frustration to wildflower photographers. You might notice that things are not real sharp in the sea hibiscus images. It was a windy day, and the flowers were up in a twenty-foot tree. Petals wave in the wind almost like they're pranking. Hey, we're beautiful but you can't catch us!
Sea hibiscus has several uses. The light wood is used; in Hawaii it was a source for outrigger spars and other smaller items. The bark makes good batten. And a fungus grows on the bottom side of the leaves. Soybean meal is pressed together with this fungus, which then ferments to create a tofu-like food called tempeh in southeast Asia.