Sur­round Your­self with Blooms

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - EXPLORE -

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.

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