Grandfather Sefo finds it difficult to adjust when he moves from the Islands to New Zealand to live. Sefo pines for the simple things from home. His family is completely Westernised, but he finds an ally in his grandson.
Part of the groundbreaking Pacific Isalnad television series, Tala Pacifika, The Hibiscus tells the story of Sefo who arrives in New Zealand after his wife's death to live with his daughter and her family. The hibiscus flower is a symbolic memory of Sefo's homeland of Samoa, his wife and his people. His daughter has no place in her life for her father's nostalgia, but her son John has other plans for his grandfather.