Kukunaokala and Ti Leaf
The mangroves that produce the material for the lei kukuna-o-ka-la were introduced to Hawai’i in 1922. The stiff yellow to red calyxes resembling the rays of the sun, are gathered from trees that grow at the mouths of streams in brackish water during the later summer and through the fall when they are plentiful. Appreciation increases when one discovers the lei kukuna-o-ka-la will keep well for more than a week and is even wearable after it is completely dried. This lei is woven together with a single braided ti leaf lei.