Hawaiian Leis

The Hawaiian lei (garland or wreath) is a symbol of love and honor. When a lei is given, it says “aloha” back to the world when it is worn. Lei were also used by Native Hawaiians to signify rituals, rank and royalty. Lei are most commonly made from natural materials such as fresh flowers, leaves, fern fronds, seeds and nuts. They can also be fashioned from sea or freshwater shells, teeth, bone, hair strands and feathers. Since 1928 in Hawai‘i, May 1st is celebrated as Lei Day to honor the spirit of lei making and giving. Share the aloha!