The candlenut (Aleurites moluccanus) belongs to Euphorbiaceae (the Spurge family). It is a tall deciduous tree that is native to Southeast Asia. This tree is spread by humans and is widely distributed in tropical regions, including the Pacific Islands. It grows to a height of 15-25 m, with wide spreading or pendulous branches. The leaves are pale green and ovate, or trilobed or rarely five-lobed, with an acute apex, 10-20 cm long. The fruit is round niut, 4-6 cm in diameter. The seeds are rich in oil and more than 50 percent are fat. Oil is a raw material for various products such as varnishes, shampoos and adhesives. "Kukui" is Hawaiian.