kukui

The truth is, the Kukui Nut tree in Hawaii signifies so much more.

“The seed was sown. It budded; it blossomed. It spread out and budded again and joined line .

The Kukui Nut tree was brought to Hawaii by Polynesians migrating to the Hawaiian Islands.

The Kukui was highly revered by ancient Hawaiians for its many uses, and became an essential part of life .

providing raw materials for medicine and healing, dye, canoe-building .

And most commonly, for light (both literally and spiritually).

The word “kukui” means light or torch; its English name is ‘candle nut.’

To serve as a light source, kukui nuts were shelled, then skewered onto a coconut frond and lit from top to bottom.

The oil in the kernels provided enough fuel to burn for several minutes.

The oil, sap and crushed meat of the nut were also used to soothe mouth sores, skin rashes and acted as a laxative.

Other parts of the plant were used to make dyes for tattoos and kappa clothing .

The trunk of the tree was used to build canoes. The Kukui Nut tree was a symbol of enlightenment, protection>

guidance and peace, and its spiritual powers are still believed to flow through Hawaiian culture and its ceremonies.

In 1959, the candle nut tree itself was made the official tree emblem for the state of Hawai’i.

Candle Nut trees are fairly easy to spot.

Their canopy of silvery green leaves often glisten in early morning light and offer a shady retreat from the hot mid-day sun.

Destination Residences Hawaii recently added a graphic symbol of the Kukui leaf as a design element .

To the company brand because of what it represents to Hawaiian culture , the essence of home .