Measuring approximately an inch long by an inch wide, these genuine Hawaiian Kamani seeds are from the shores of the Big Island of Hawai'i.
A member of the mangosteen family with the scientific name of Calophyllum inophyllum, kamani was brought north to Hawai`i from the South Pacific islands in early migrations of Polynesian settlers. Also called Alexandrian laurel, this native of the Pacific grows slowly along sandy shores and in lowland forests.
Kamani was often planted around heiau, temples. Kamani was mentioned in early chants, and considered a sacred tree in parts of Polynesia. An especially fine grove is to be found on the island of Moloka`i.
When drilled, sanded, and polished, these seeds make beautiful leis as shown in the last picture.