Lei making

In: Activities

Making giving and wearing a flower lei is synonymous with Hawaiian tradition and hospitality.

Leis can be made from flowers, leaves, vines, fern fronds, seeds, sea or land shells, bones, fish teeth, feathers, bones, plastic flowers, fabric, paper or even candy.

WHERE CAN I DO A LEI MAKING CLASS

THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER

Website: www.royalhawaiiancenter.com

Address: 2201 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu

The Royal Hawaiian Center holds FREE lei making classes on level 1 in building A from 1pm to 2pm on Monday, Friday and Saturday.

Classes are limited to 25 people so try and get there 30 to 40 minutes before class time to ensure a place.

HAWAII HULA COMPANY

Website: www.hawaiihulacompany.com

Telephone: 808 646 1455

The Hawaii Hula Company has 30 minute lei making workshops as well as private and group Hula and Tahitian lessons.

Fees apply – Telephone Hawaii Hula Company for more information.

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Feather lei making

AUNTY MARY LOU’S NA LIMA MILI HULU NOEAU

Address: 762 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu

Telephone: 808 732 0865

Shop hours: 9am to 4pm

At Aunty Mary Lou’s you can learn the art of making feather leis.

Lessons are held by appointment.

A class fee is payable.

LYON ARBORETUM

Website: www.manoa.hawaii.edu

Address: 3860 Manoa Road, Honolulu

Telephone: 808 988 0456

Go to calendar of events on website for details of classes.

A class fee is payable.

NA MEA HAWAII

Website: www.nameahawaii.com/events

Address: 1050 Ala Moana Boulevarde, Suite #1000, Honolulu

Telephone: 808 596 8885

Go to classes and event calendar on website for class times.

A class fee is payable.

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Black Kukui nut and mongo shell lei

HOW LONG WILL MY LEI LAST

Stored in the refrigerator, your lei will last around 3 days if you put it in a plastic bag with a few drops of water. For better results open up the plastic bag every 8 hours and remist with water and return to the refrigerator.

LEI ETIQUETTE

Always accept a lei if one is given to you.

Wear your lei draped over your shoulders hanging both down front and back.

It is considered rude to remove a lei from your neck in the presence of the person who gave it to you.

Traditionally a lei should be disposed of by either returning it to the earth by hanging in a tree, burning or burying it. Never throw your lei in the trash/garbage.

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