Updated: Dec 17, 2019

Ulu, or breadfruit, was one of the few plants brought to the Hawaiian islands by Polynesian voyagers.  Legend says the god Kuka'ilimoku buried himself in the earth during a time of famine and emerged as a breadfruit tree, saving his family from starvation.

The tree has been used by the Hawaiian people for centuries utilizing the trunk for surfboards, poi boards, drums, canoes, homes and furniture, the inner bark for tapa cloth, the leaf sheaths to finely polish kukui nuts for leis, along with bowls and utensils, the buds as medicine for throats and mouths, the sap for medicine, glue and caulk, and the breadfruit as food.

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