Hawaiian Lei’s

There are very few “rules” when it comes to wearing a Hawaiian lei. Anyone can wear one, anytime-there need not be an occasion. It is perfectly fine for one to purchase or make a lei for themselves. It is common for locals to have a nut, seed or shell lei on hand to wear on special occasions. And hats are often adorned with flower, fern or feather leis.

There are, however, a couple of “unspoken rules” one should know when receiving a lei for the first time.

A lei should be a welcomed celebration of one person’s affection to another. Therefore, always accept a lei; never refuse. The proper way to wear a lei is gently draped over the shoulders, hanging down both in front and in back. It is considered rude to remove a lei from your neck in the presence of the person who gave it to you, so if you must, be discreet.

Lei giving is a regular part of any special occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries,weddings, and graduations. It is not uncommon for a graduating senior to have so many leis around their neck they can no longer see!!

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