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The History of the Hawaiian Lei
Polynesian voyagers, who took an incredible journey from Tahiti,
navigating by the stars in sailing canoes. With these early settlers
the lei tradition in Hawaii was born.
With the advent of tourism in the islands, the lei quickly became the
symbol of Hawaii to millions of visitors worldwide.
During the "Boat Days" of the early 1900s, lei vendors lined the pier
at Aloha Tower to welcome malihini (visitors) to the islands and
kama'aina (locals) back home. It is said that departing visitors would
throw their lei into the sea as the ship passed Diamond Head, in the
hopes that, like the lei, they too would return to the islands again
There are very few "rules" when it comes to wearing a Hawaiian lei.
Anyone can wear one, anytime - there need not be an occasion. It is
perfectly fine for one to purchase or make a lei for themselves. It is
common for locals to have a nut, seed or shell lei on hand to wear
on special occasions. And hats are often adorned with flower, fern or
There are, however, a couple of "unspoken rules" one should know
when receiving a lei for the first time. A lei should be a welcomed
celebration of one person's affection to another. Therefore, always
accept a lei, never refuse. The proper way to wear a lei is gently
draped over the shoulders, hanging down both in front and in back.
It is considered rude to remove a lei from your neck in the presence
of the person who gave it to you, so if you must, be discreet.
And yes it is quite alright to purchase or create a Lei for yourself and
wear it anytime you like. It will put a smile on your face.
Hawaiian wedding on the grounds
of the Bahia Mar Hotel in Fort
Lauderdale. This beautiful little
park like area, located in back of
the hotel, on the Intracoastal
makes such a perfect place for a
small ceremony.. The flowers were
flown in from Hawaii. I was so
excited about receiving an
authentic Hawaiian Lei. It was a
first for me but Lara and Lloyd
lived in the islands for several
years and wanted to recreate the
feeling of being in Hawaii for their
wedding. It was really nice and I will
remember it .
wedding in Fort Lauderdale. The original plan was to have the ceremony on the beach but as the time arrived the
beach across from the Bahia Mar was very busy ...and it was HOT.
Lloyd called me shortly before the scheduled time to say they would like to use the nice area located in back of the
hotel just beside the water but in an area complete with palms, tropical plants and a small, very natural looking pond of
water with a little fountain.
I was quite happy for the change because I was not looking forward to a hot afternoon on the beach.
I met Lloyd and a friend at the entrance to the little park and was presented, by Lloyd, a beautiful lei of yellow
plumeria, (also known as fransypansy. (sp) The fragrance was fantastic..
They had ordered, not only the Leis but loose flowers as well. These were strewn along the walkway and in the area
where the bride and groom stood. It was a beautiful wedding.
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