"Lei Giving" Island Traditions Tip by Gypsystravels

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Lei, the Hawaiian word for garland, is an old tradition which was made more popular through tourism in the 19th and 20th century.

The Lei is offered as a symbol of affection. For the residents of Hawaii it is also used for special occasions like graduations, births, weddings, etc.

There are many types of leis with many different materials used. Normally we see the leis which are made of flowers, but they can also be made of shells and other objects.

In Hawaii the lei is such an important part of the culture that every year on May 1st there is a festival. You can find leis everywhere in Hawaii and if you want you can also order leis that can be shipped directly to your home for any occasion.

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  • Updated Aug 13, 2015
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