Kukui Nut Lei


Kukui nut leis are a striking display of traditional Hawaiian craft. Brought to Hawaii by the native Polynesian settlers, the kukui nut or candlenut is one of the most common trees in the Hawaiian forests. The blond, dark brown, or black nuts are painstakingly sanded and polished before they are strung to make these beautiful kukui nut leis. Our kukui nut leis are available in Brown (shown), Black, Black & White, or Blond – click “More Images” to view all colors.

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Kukui Nut Lei

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Shape: Round
Materials Used: Kukui
Hawaiian Name: Kukui
Scientific Name: Aleurites moluccana
The Kukui nuts are polished and sanded before strung to create this Kukui Nut Lei.


Width: 1 inch in diameter.
Length: Hangs about 18 inches from neck when worn (40 inches long before being tied).


Durability: Extremely durable and non-perishable.
Instructions: No special care needed – lasts forever.


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.

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Additional information

Weight0.21875 lbs
Dimensions17.0 × 2.0 × 1.0 in