Introduced to the Hawaii Islands by early Polynesian voyagers, the new lei tradition in Hawaii was born. Lei is made out of anything from flowers, feathers, to animal teeth. Hawaiians would wear these garlands to beautify themselves and to stand out amongst others. The Maile lei was used to signify a peace agreement with other chiefs, this lei was very scared and significant.
With the tourism in Hawaii, the lei is now a very popular symbol to the islands. Giving or receiving a lei is very common for birthdays, weddings, and graduations. It’s not a surprise to see a graduating senior with leis stacked up so high that they can no longer see!
Every year the first day of May Lei Festival is celebrated in Kalākaua Park that is located at 136 Kalakaua St. Hilo
For more information visit: http://www.leiday.org/hilo-lei-day-festival-2018/
This event offers
- Lei making
- Hula cultural
- Flower court
- Lei competition
- Demonstration by Spencer’s Invincibles
- Vendor station
- Selfie stations
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Fun Fact: The Hawaiian language doesn’t distinguish between the singular and plural lei. So the plural way to say lei is “lei”.
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