What is a Hawaiian Lei?

  1. KevinTimothy profile image82
    KevinTimothyposted 5 years ago

    What is a Hawaiian Lei?

    I am really looking for the history behind Hawaiian Leis and their significance in the culture.

  2. Venturess profile image37
    Venturessposted 5 years ago

    The lei custom was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by early Polynesian voyagers, who took an incredible journey from Tahiti, navigating by the stars in sailing canoes. With these early settlers, the lei tradition in Hawaii was born.
    Leis were constructed of flowers, leaves, shells, seeds, nuts, feathers, and even bone and teeth of various animals. In Hawaiian tradition, these garlands were worn by ancient Hawaiians to beautify themselves and distinguish themselves from others. The Maile lei was perhaps the most significant. Among other sacred uses, it was used to signify a peace agreement between opposing chiefs. In a Heiau (temple), the chiefs would symbolically intertwine the green Maile vine, and its completion officially established peace between the two groups.

    1. KevinTimothy profile image82
      KevinTimothyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great answer. Thank you much

 
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