Cigar Kukui Lei
A handsome mix of Island favorites make this lei unique. Tiny orange-red tubular pua kika or cigar flowers are interspersed with kukui nuts, sea shells, and Hawaiian greenery.
*This lei will vary in color. The cigar flower color ranges from yellow-orange to orange-red, the Hawaiian greenery ranges from dark green to a yellow-green, etc.
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COMPOSITION & CONSTRUCTION
Materials Used: Cigar Flower
Hawaiian Name: Pua Kika
Scientific Name: Cuphea ignea
Tiny orange-red tubular pua kika or cigar flowers are interspersed with kukui nuts, sea shells, and Hawaiian greenery.
Width: 1 inch in diameter.
Length: Hangs about 18 inches from neck when worn (40 inches long before being tied).
Durability: Very durable and long-lasting
Instructions: Sprinkle with water and refrigerate in bag or container.
The Cigar Plant is named as such due to its yellow, orange, or red tubular shaped flowers with white and violet tips, resembling a lit cigar. Although native to Mexico and Jamaica, the cigar flower is widely cultivated in Hawaii for lei making. It takes hundreds tiny cylindrical flowers to make one cigar lei.
The kukui, or candlenut tree, was probably introduced to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers, because it has always been an essential part of Hawaiian society. Oil extracted from the kernels was used for lamps. Dyes for tapa cloth were obtained from the roots and green seed covering. Polished kukui nuts were sewn into leis. Because the tree’s products played an important part in the daily lives of the Hawaiians, the kukui nut tree has been designated the State Tree of Hawaii and the lei made of its flowers and leaves represent the Island of Molokai.
|Dimensions||19.0 × 4.0 × 2.0 in|