Painted Kukui Nut Lei – Red & White
This red and white painted kukui nut lei is a great way to celebrate your school or team spirit and makes a nice graduation keepsake.
Kukui nuts are sanded, polished and painted red and gold before being strung onto beautiful matching ribbon.
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COMPOSITION & CONSTRUCTION
Materials Used: Kukui
Hawaiian Name: Kukui
Scientific Name: Aleurites moluccana
The Kukui nuts are sanded and polished and carefully painted before stringing them 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.
|Dimensions||17.0 × 2.0 × 1.0 in|