Brought to the Islands by early Polynesians who used the kukui nut oils for stone lamps, kernels strung on coconut palm midribs for candles, roots for dying tapa cloth and also as a laxative. Today these nuts are mainly used in lei making. A mid-size tree of 20' at maturity it's leaves are 8" long and maple shaped, small clusters of flowers ( flower of Molokai )cover the entire tree and later become 2" roundish green fruits, once ripened and fall to the ground, they turn brown to black, for the making of your very own kukui lei.
KNT-02 Aleurites Moluccana
"Candle Nut" (Kukui)