A lei by definition is a garland or wreath made by stringing a series of objects together with the intent to be worn. Lei can be made from many different items including flowers, leaves, seashells, seeds, nuts, or feathers. A lei is a symbol of love, friendship, celebration, honor, or greeting. The very symbol of aloha is the lei.

In Hawaiian tradition, lei were worn by ancient Hawaiians to beautify themselves and distinguish themselves from others. The Hawaiian language does not distinguish between singular and plural. Therefore, the proper way to say the plural form of lei is just “lei.” Below are a few of the popular lei styles you will find in Hawai’i.

If you are lucky enough to be given a lei, wear it proudly and embrace the spirit of aloha in which it was given.

Below are some popular lei types, photos from left to right:

  • Dendrobium Orchid Lei

  • Kukui Nut Lei

  • Green Dendrobium & Tuberose Lei

  • Cigar Lei

  • Maile Lei

Want to make your own lei? We have step-by-step instructions HERE.