Kukui nut lei gifted from Hawaiian monarchy to German royals returns to Hawaii

Kukui nut lei gifted from Hawaiian monarchy to German royals returns to Hawaii
(Image: Iolani Palace)
(Image: Iolani Palace)
(Image: Iolani Palace)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A piece of Hawaii's history from the Kalakaua era is home.

A kukui nut necklace presented to the wife of the king of Prussia and emperor of Germany in the late 1800s by King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani has been gifted to Iolani Palace. There are 21 kukui nuts on the lei connected by gold bands.

The center nut has a gold "WR" — the German royal monogram for Wilhelm Rex.

The lei sits in a blue satin-lined koa box with the King Wilhelm's monogram.

The lei was given to a German professor in 1938. It was purchased from an estate sale in 1972, and was part of the Dolores Furtado Martin Foundation collection until now.

Martin's children say their mother had a deep love for the Hawaiian monarchy.

The necklace will be put on display once preservation and conservation work is complete.

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