The kukui, or candlenut, is a natural wonder that was used in a multitude of ways by the Hawaiian people. One of its uses was as a reliable and portable source of light. Because of this, the kukui is often associated with enlightenment.
When used as light, the nut was sometimes burned in a shallow bowl carved from lava rock. This vessel supported and protected the flame as it illuminated the area around it, much like EIH supports and protects the education of Hawaii’s youth.