Kamani or Alexandrian laurel
Clusiaceae (Mangosteen family)
Polynesian introduction to the Hawaiian Islands
Kamani was an important medicine for early Hawaiians. The strong scented oil from the seeds was burned in lamps. They also used the hard wood for calabashes.
Polynesian Names: ʻAti (Societies); Dilo (Fiji); Fetaʻu (Tonga, ʻUvea); Fetau (Futuna, Niue, Samoa, Tuvalu); Kamani (Hawaiʻi); Pua (Tokelau); Tamanu (Cooks, Marquesas, Societies); Tilo (Futuna)