Kamani, also known as ( Calophyllum inophyllum ), is found in Hawaii and South Asia. It's also called the Alexandrian laurel.

The kamani tree can grow up to at least 60 ft. tall. It's shiny, oblong leaves measure up to 20 cm. long. The fruit is about 2.5 cm. in diameter.

The old Hawaiians used the fine-grained wood of the kamani tree to make calabashes. The oil from the nut was used for lighting and rubbing down canoes. They also dried its fragrant flowers and used them to scent stored kapa (cloth).

Kamani Flower

Kamani Nut

The trees are located in front of the dining facilities and the Student Services Building.
Photos by Chelsea Laine Kanahele


'Ohai -'Ula

The Royal Poinciana, also known as ' Ohai-'Ula (Hawaiian name) or Delonix regia (scientific name) , grows up to 40 ft. It has twisted limbs, fin-like buttress roots, and a flat canopy crowned with ferny foliage. The royal poinciana belongs to the Caesalpiniaceae senna family and is native to Madagascar.

The reddish-orange flowers completely cover the tree when in bloom. One of the four petals of the flowers is whitish yellow. There are many uses: flowers are used for leis and hair ornaments (haku leis); seeds are used for leis; and the tree is used as shade. The royal poinciana can be found on all islands but is mostly abundant on the island of Oahu.


Royal Poinciana

Flowers of the Royal Poinciana

The royal poinciana is located on campus in the front of the Student Services Building.
Photos by Jonathan Beniamina © 2004

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