Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Hawaii, the candlenut-tree, Aleurites Moluccana, which is easily recognized among the trees of the forest by its silvery foliage. The leaves are either undivided or lobed, and are usually cordate at the base, with a pair of glands at the junction of the blade and the petiole. Throughout Polynesia the oily nuts are roasted and strung upon a reed or the rib of a cocoanut-leaflet, and used by the natives for illuminating their houses. These nuts also furnish the lampblack used for painting and tattooing. In Hawaii the roasted kernels are chopped fine, mixed with certain seaweeds and salt, and used as a relish at native feasts. The oil derived from the kernels is amber-colored, odorless, and very fluid; it acts as a mild cathartic. See
- Hawaiian (Wiktionary)
“The yearly produce of this oil in the Sandwich Isles, where it is called kukui oil, is about 10,000 gallons.”
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
“They grow on a beautiful tree called "kukui," or candle-nut tree.”
“Prince Akuli shot an apprehensive glance sideward to where, under the shade of a kukui tree, an old wahine (Hawaiian woman) was just settling herself to begin on some work in hand.”
“Yes, and careless that all should see his extended favour, I must dip into his pa paakai for my pinches of red salt, and limu, and kukui nut and chili pepper; and into his ipu kai "(fish sauce dish)" of kou wood that the great Kamehameha himself had eaten from on many a similar progress.”
“The brief duty visit over, Martha arose and accompanied her back to the bungalow, putting money into her hand, commanding proud and beautiful Japanese housemaids to wait upon the dilapidated aborigine with poi, which is compounded of the roots of the water lily, with iamaka, which is raw fish, and with pounded kukui nut and limu, which latter is seawood tender to the toothless, digestible and savoury.”
“A wooden cane dangled from a rope on his left wrist and a lei of kukui nuts hung around his neck.”
“Alba Botanica's Hawaiian Mango Moisturizing hair wash cleanses and nourishes with macadamia and kukui nut oils, as well as papaya and pineapple extracts.”
“The boxes represent gifts, and of course, as you know, the kukui nuts were the source of oil for ancient Hawaiian lamps so the nuts represent light.”
“They joined her at Sunday brunch on the lanai, cadaverous Ma, hairy Amo, smooth Chip, a comic threesome always somewhat overdressed for the heat -- the men in plantation hats, long-sleeved shirts, white shoes, and kukui-nut leis.”
“We didn't get "lei'd" but we got black kukui nut necklace'd, ha.”
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