Give or Get Lei'd

Many people think of a lei worn like a crown on the head as a "Haku Lei." While a Haku can be worn on the head, Haku actually means to "Braid" usually using 3 strands. Not all head lei are Haku, nor are all Haku Lei worn on the head. The name Lei Po'o is the more general term as Po'o can means "Head or Summit".

Most of our lei will consists of more than one color. In nature, no two flowers are exactly the same color nor are the leaves completely symatrical or of the same color, shade or tone. By adding shades of color to our lei, even though they are artificial, it gives the lei depth and texture. 

Kino means body. Hence a "Lei Kino" would be a lei worn on the body. These, like the lei po'o can be made in many different ways. These two lei are kui, or pirece. A lei kui (pierced) is the most common. They are usually lei which are sewn or strung on thread.  

Some of our featured lei will orffer you a choice of a lei Kino or lei po'o r both. There will also be discounts for order more than one. 

What Makes a Lei, A Lei?

Traditional Hawaiian leis are created entirely out of natural foliage, with flowers and seeds used as adornment and vines or bark used as the strands holding it together. Although the commonly used flowers include plumerias, carnations, orchids and ti leaves, the types of flowers and methods used vary greatly. 

Today, lei are made of fabric, ribbon, yarn, paper, strinand almost anything you can imagine. Even money!  

Below you will find information on some of the more common style "traditional" lei. 

Haku (mounted): Usually a three ply braid, where other decorative material is attached and secured in each cross wrap.  Traditionally softened tree bark or long leaves might have been used as the strands of the braid and other foilege, petals or natural fibers were used as decorative material.  

Hili (braided): A braid or plait using only one type of material. Traditionally, the plait is braided using vines, ferns  or leaves and would contain a minimum of three strands. 

Hilo (twisted): A rope created by twisting two strands together such as in the popular braided ti leaf lei.  

Hipu`u (knotted): Similar to a daisy chain, this method knots the stems of decorative plants together. Each additional strand is included by stringing a new stem through the knot.  

Humu (basting): Decorative material is sewn to a backing using a basting stich. Each row overlaps the previous row, which creates the scale like effect.  

Kui (piercing): The style most recognized, a needle is used to pierce the decorative material and string it together in a necklace style lei. Commonly used with plumerias, for example.  

Wili (twisted): Short lengths of decorative material held together by a wrapped coil. A common material to create the wrap is raffia.