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Hawaiian Plant Research Project

Kukui

by Ariel & Nick

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Question #1:

What is the plant's Western/Common Name & Scientific Name?

Researched Answer:

We found that the scientific name is Aleurites molaccana. The name we call it most is candlenut. The Hawaiian name is Kukui.1. We found that the scientific name is Aleurites molaccana. The name we call it most is candlenut. The Hawaiian name is Kukui.

Question #2:

Is the plant endemic, indigenous, or introduced?

Researched Answer:

The Kukui was introduced by the early Polynesians.

Question #3:

Where does the plant grow best (habitat)?

Researched Answer:

The Kukui grows in valleys and gulches up to 2000 feet in elevation.

Question #4:

What does the plant look like? (Describe the leaves, stem, fruit, flowers, etc.)

Researched Answer:

You can identify the kukui tree by light green leaves and its small white flowers born at the end of the branches.

Question #5:

Are there any Hawaiian stories or legends about the plant?

Researched Answer:

The legend for the kukui tree is: Moemoe desired to only sleep. One day wile he was having a long nap a stream rose and covered him with debris. only his nose stuck out. on his nose a kukui nut rested and began to grow. it tickled his nostrils Moemoe woke angrily and cried "Here I am awakened by this cursed kukui tree. " He gave up trying to sleep and, we assume began a useful life.

Question #6:

How did the Hawaiians use the plant?

Researched Answer:

The kukui was a important source of dye for the ancient Hawaiians. From this tree the Hawaiians could obtain colors from copper, red, to black for dyeing kapa.

Question #7:

Other interesting information about the plant?

Researched Answer:

The kukui is the official tree emblem for the state of Hawaii. It's flower is the flower of Moloki it is also the lei of Moloki. The tall meandering branches present a noble stature up too 100 feet. The kukui has a poem :

The beautiful leaves of the kukui tree show silvery ruffles with every breeze for they remember the legend tells everyone that first to give light was the moon not the sun. Roast the nut and in the kernel is a lot of oil lighting , lamps, and candles after day of toil.break the green nut from the steam the sap you see can seal by placing it on a wound it helps the wound heal. A child but well kids chew the tree trunk gum wile playing games to win.

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