Surround Yourself with Blooms
There’s little else that says “Hawai‘i” than a flower lei— this garland of flowers that is given as a gift upon greeting guests is a fragrant symbol of aloha.
Lei can be as simple as a daisy-chain-like string of perfumed plumeria or as intricate as a multi-braided haku lei composed of flowers, berries and leaves. Either way, it’s an honor to receive one.
In Hawai‘i, May Day is Lei Day, when many kama‘aina (locals) wear lei. Lei displays and even competitions are a part of the celebrations. During other days of the year, one can find lei at lei stands, florists, farmers’ markets and even at island grocery stores.
Many hotels and resorts offer lei-making classes, sometimes for free. Ask your concierge if there’s a class nearby.