Lei: A Unique Hawaiian Custom

Throughout the South Pacific, Polynesians honored their gods by twining greens into wreaths and adorning their bodies with strings of flowers and vines. The history of lei making in Hawai‘i begins with the arrival of the Polynesians voyagers, who took an incredible journey from Tahiti, navigating by the stars in sailing canoes. With these early […]

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A Brief History of Hawaii’s Lei Day

In the state of Hawaii, May Day is Lei Day. Each year, May 1st marks Hawaii’s nationally-recognized Lei Day — an annual tribute to a culturally iconic symbol. Celebrated by locals dressed in aloha attire, the custom honors the state’s natural production of tropical flowers in the crafting and wearing of the lei. The passing […]

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