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kukui Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

1. n., Candlenut tree (Aleurites moluccana 🌐), a large tree in the spurge family bearing nuts containing while, oily kernels which were formerly used for lights; hence the tree is a symbol of enlightenment. The nuts are still cooked for a relish (ʻinamona). The soft wood was used for canoes, and gum from the bark for painting tapa; black dye was obtained from nut coats and from roots, (Nuts were chewed and spat into the sea by men fishing with nets for parrot fish (kākā uhu) in order to calm the sea (FS 38–9): see ex., pili #1). Polished nuts are strung in leis; the silvery leaves and small white flowers are strung in leis as representative of Molokaʻi, as designated in 1923 by the Territorial legislature. The kukui was named the official emblem for the State of Hawaiʻi in 1959 because of its many uses and its symbolic value.

  • Examples:
    • He aliʻi no ka malu kukui, a chief of the candlenut shade [chief of uncertain genealogy].
  • References:

2. n., Lamp, light, torch. Figuratively, guide, leader.

  • Examples:
    • Kukui ahi (Dan. 10.6), lamps of fire.
    • E noho ana au ā puhi kukui, I'll stay until the lights are lighted [until dark).
    • Kukui ʻā i ke awakea, torch burning in daylight [a symbol for descendants of a certain chief].
    • Ua pio ke kukui, the light is out [dead].

3. (Cap.) n., Star name (no data).

  • References:
    • Kuhelani.

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kukuʻi Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

Reduplication of kuʻi #1, kuʻi #2, kuʻi #5; to punch, join, spread news; fame.

  • Examples:
    • No ke kukuʻi o kō ikaika i Kauaʻi (FS 55), because of the fame of your strength on Kauaʻi.
    • Kukuʻi akula ka lono kaua puni ke ao, news of the war went around the world.
  • References:
    • PPN tutuki, to hit.

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kukui Pukui-Elbert, Eng to Haw,

See candlenut.

kukui Māmaka Kaiao, Haw to Eng,

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kukui Andrews, Haw to Eng / KU-KU-I /,

v., See kui, to publish. To publish; to spread, as a report; to make famous.

2. See pakui. To splice or piece out so as to lengthen, as a stick or rope.

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kukui Andrews, Haw to Eng / KU-KU-I /,

s., The name of a tree and nut; the nut was formerly used to burn for lights; the tree produces also the gum pilali; the body of the tree was sometimes made into canoes; the bark of the root was used in coloring canoes black.

2. A lamp. 1 Sam. 3:3. A candle; a light or torch; a lighter. Kin. 1:15.

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kukui Parker, Haw to Eng / kū'-kū'-i /,

1. n., The name of a tree (Aleurites moluccana). The nut was formerly used to burn for lights; the tree produces also the gum pilali; the body of the tree was sometimes made into canoes; the bark of the root mixed with charcoal was used in coloring canoes black.

2. n., Nut of the kukui tree.

3. n., Lamp; torch; contrivance for producing artificial light.

4. n., Fig. One who leads another; a leader; a guide.

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kukui Parker, Haw to Eng / kū'-ku'i /,

[Kui, to publish.]

1. v., To publish; to spread, as a report.

2. v., To make famous.

3. v., [Kui, to add to.] To join one thing to another. Same as pakui.

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Kukui Parker, Haw to Eng / ku'-kui /,

candlenut tree (Aleurites). Land section. Kaʻū. Hawaiʻi.

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kukui Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

, 'candlenut'

Kukui Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

  • Village, Hilo qd.; beach, Kohala qd.; point, Honomū qd.; stream, Waipiʻo qd.; ancient surfing areas, Nāpoʻopoʻo and Hōnaunau qds. (Finney and Houston 26), Hawaiʻi.
  • Peak (3,005 feet high) and trail, Waimea Canyon, Kauaʻi.
  • Point, north Lānaʻi.
  • Peak (5,788 feet high), Lahaina qd., and bay, Kīpahulu qd., Maui.
  • Heiau, Kamalō qd., south Molokaʻi; and elevation, Mauna Loa, Airport qd., Molokaʻi, where the men of Pālāʻau to the north were turned into kauila trees. In this story ʻUmi-a-Maka, a youth skilled in mokomoko (hand-to-hand fighting) who lived above ʻĪloli hill at Kawailoa, was challenged by an unknown from Kawahuna. On the advice of his kahuna, ʻUmi-a-Maka brought a small black pig to Kukui Hill. Its squealing drove away his opponents' gods and turned the people into kauila trees (Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, September 14, 1922).
  • Area on the Makapuʻu side of Pāhonu, Waimānalo, Oʻahu (For. Sel. 266).
  • Downtown Honolulu, Oʻahu lane and street named in 1856; the first street lamp (kukui) was at Fort and Kukui streets (TM).

The State tree is the kukui; its oily nuts were used for lights. Literally, candlenut lamp, light of any kind.

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