Would love to hear about the Hawaiian Lei tradition

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1. Posted by JuliaNTraveler (Budding Member 5 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Can someone guide me on what Hawaiian Lei symbolises? Are they considered to be a good luck? Are they pretty much long gone?

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6372 posts) 7w 2 Star this if you like it!

The concept, creation and usage of the lei arrived in Hawaii with the earliest Polynesian settlers.

A simple google search shows there's quite a lot of info out there e.g.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lei (garland)

https://alohaislandlei.com/info/lei-history/

https://www.hawaiiactivities.com/travelguide/the-history-and-significance-of-the-lei-in-hawaiian-culture/

etc etc

[ Edit: Edited on 30 Apr 2024, 19:15 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by JuliaNTraveler (Budding Member 5 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

However, is it a long gone tradition?

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6372 posts) 7w 1 Star this if you like it!

>However, is it a long gone tradition?

Certainly not when tourists and other visitors are around!

Reading the links I provided plus finding other sites will give you more detailed answers.

Are you doing a project?

[ Edit: Edited on 30 Apr 2024, 20:27 GMT by leics2 ]

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6. Posted by JuliaNTraveler (Budding Member 5 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Thanks leics2

7. Posted by Tess_Dinapoli (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Where can I buy a really, high-quality Leis? I can DIY but I would love to have that authentic Hawaiian feel.

8. Posted by AndrewLemieu (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Lei is definitely all about love and friendship. It symbolizes positivity in the true sense of the word. That's why it's my go-to gift for all my loved ones at EVERY event. Though there are many brands out there that offer lei, I usually stick to -snip-. If you're looking to gift your loved one with a Hawaiian lei, I'd say go for it for it's an amazing way to express your emotions.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

9. Posted by ErikaR (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hawaiian lei are definitely not long gone! In Hawai'i, and for Hawaiians on the mainland, they are still an important cultural symbol. They aren't just a flattering gift for tourists.

Real Hawaiian lei are made with respect for the Polynesian culture. They are given as gifts for birthdays, holidays, special occasions, and weddings. They are especially popular for graduations as they symbolize the end of a journey that was well accomplished, but also the start of a new journey.

In Hawaiian tradition, family and friends will stack lei on top of lei and try to cover the graduate's eyes. I remember my Hawaiian friend laughing and smiling so much during high school graduation because of all the lei she received from her family - and they certainly stacked them well over her head! We lived in California and I thought it was amazing that her family gifted her so many, and they came from Hawai'i. As her parents unwrapped each box from aunties and uncles and grandparents, they took their time reading the cards and placing each one over her shoulders with intention. It was so beautiful.

10. Posted by JuliaNTraveler (Budding Member 5 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the wealth of information, Erika. Many thanks.:)