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Color image depicting the green leaves of a candlenut tree. Several candlenuts can be seen growing amongst the leaves.
Candlenut tree (Hawaiian name: Kukui. Scientific name: Aleurites moluccana)

Kukui nuts are used to supply omega-3 oil to one’s diet, in crushed or roasted form to relieve constipation, in sap form to help heal insect bites, sores, and chapped lips, and in mashed or liquefied form with ulu (breadfruit sap) to heal open wounds. The nut oil is used to make candles.

Courtesy National Library of Medicine, photo by Kauila Clark