The kukui nut tree is a source of light and enlightenment, symbolizing knowledge and learning. Kukui nut leis are often given to educators or students on special occasions or at graduation ceremonies. The lei kukui is also an appropriate gift for those who have completed a program of study. The beige kukui nut lei is a unique and elegant alternative to the more common black or brown kukui nut lei. The beige kukui nut stands out against black clothing or a black graduation gown.