Hawaiian Superstations, Oahu
The Kukui nut lei is made from the Kukui Nut Tree.The Kukui Nut Tree is also known as the Candlenut Tree and in ancient Hawai’i the nuts were burned to provide light and the oil also has many cooking and medicinal uses. The nuts are used also in necklaces (leis) and bracelets. The colors of the nuts can be black, brown or white and often painted with decorative colors.
The meaning of kukui is a symbol of enlightenment, protection and peace. During our travels to Hawaii my wife has bought several Kukui nut leis for herself, friends and family; it makes a great souvenir gift.
The Kahuna Stones are located on Waikiki Beach off Kalakaua Avenue next to the Waikiki Police Department opposite the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Liz and I encountered these stones during our first early morning walk during our stay.
According to the story, the four large stones were dragged two miles to it presnt spot by Ancient Hawaiians some time before 1400. The Hawaiians believe that the stones are empowed with man or spiritual force from four great Tahitian kahuna that were legendary healers throughout the islands.
**This site is considered sacred to the Hawaiian people and should be treated with respect. Do not touch or remove any thing from this site.**
Hawaii is said to be populated by a tiny magical race of beings called the Menehunes. They were believed to have actually been the first inhabitants of Hawaii. All the beautiful trees and plants of Hawaii were said to have been planted by the Menehunes. They are very jolly little creatures and take pleasure in doing good things that help the people and islands of Hawaii. The native peoples of Hawaii were said to have been fed and nurtured, when they first arrived there from Tahiti, by these little people.
It takes a special juice (possibilities are endless here) to see the Menehunes, and if you do see one, well, you are either very special or you have had one too may Mai Tais!
The ancient Hawaiian's believed in making rutual offerings to their gods, such as food, livestock and flowers. Today you will find scattered around the islands the present day offerings from believers. Usually left at temples but also found at volcanos. Though we saw no evidence of livestock, we have seen unopened bottles of beer, bags of groceries and rocks with Ti Leaves wrapped around them as well as plenty of flowers placed with loving care by the locals who believe.
Please do not touch these offerings and respect their beliefs and customs.