Lychee is one of my favorite fruit trees that grow in Hawaii. I have early memories of climbing my grandfather's lychee tree. Perched in its massive branches, I would pick and eat lychee to my hearts content. If you haven't had fresh lychee directly off of a tree, then you haven't truly tasted this fruit in all it's glory.
Litchi chinensis is in the soapberry family known as Sapindaceae. Lychee originated in China and was imported to Hawaii in 1873.
Lychee season in Hawaii is between May and August. If you want lychee, the best time of year is around late June to July.
Here are is a list of the 5 types of lychee trees that grow in Hawaii there fruiting season and there origins:
Hak ip (mid season): China
Souey Tung ( mid season): China
Tai Tso (early to mid season): China
Brewster ( mid season): China
Bosworth 3 (late season): Australia
Groff (late season): Hawaii
Kaimana (early to mid season): Hawaii