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HULA / LEI

A Word About Lei

Of all ancient Hawaiian art forms, traditional lei making is one of the most beautiful still being practiced island-wide today. Hardly a lovelier tradition exists anywhere in the world than placing a flower garland around the neck of someone special.

The lei is most associated with the goddess Hiiaka, Pele's youngest sister. Hiiaka is the goddess of mercy and protection, qualities that the lei is deemed to symbolize.

There are many different types of lei - they range from a simple plumeria flower lei to the intricate feather lei, and the exquisite tiny sea shell lei made by native Hawaiians on the island of Niihau. The ancient lei palaoa (a whale's tooth pendant strung on braided hair) was a prized symbol of Hawaiian chiefs. Today this lei can only be seen in museums. Seeds and nuts are often used in lei making. Ancient Hawaiians made lei for the neck, wrists and ankles. Now the neck and head lei are most widely used.

Lei have one quality that is unsurpassed: they feel just as good to give as they do to receive as they represent and encompass the true spirit of Aloha!

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Hawaiian Lei
A lei is aloha made visible!

Island Hula and Lei Listings
(See also: Hula: Ancient & Modern and Calendar for Hula Festivals & Events)

Big Island | Kauai | Maui | Molokai | Oahu

BIG ISLAND

HULA

MUSIC EXCHANGE

792 Piilani Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(Downtown Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 961-3363
Hula Supplies.

LEI

AH LAN'S LEI STAND

Hilo Airport
(Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 935-6989
Flower lei.

CHO'S LEI STAND
Keahole-Kona International Airport
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 334-0706
Flower lei.

ELEGANT FLOWERS & GIFTS
Waikoloa Village
68-1845 Waikoloa Road, Suite 131
Waikoloa, HI 96738
(South Kohala District)
Tel. (808) 883-0225
A wide selection of lei. Ship lei and tropicals.

FLOWER GARDEN
808 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
(Downtown Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 961-9266
Tropical flowers and lei - they ship to the U.S. mainland.

HAWAII TROPICALS
71 Banyan Drive
Hilo, HI 96720
(Downtown Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 961-5575
Full service florist - lei for every occasion - they ship overseas.

LIN'S LEI STAND
Hilo Airport
(Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 935-5054
Maile, Hakus, Pikake, Tuberose, Orchids, Roses and much more!

ORCHIDS OF HAWAII
2801 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
(South Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 959-5858
Orchids - exotic flowers - lei - they ship overseas.

Note: Most local supermarkets sell simple lei.

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KAUAI

HULA

LARRY'S MUSIC CENTER INC.

4-1310 Kuhio Highway
Kapaa, HI 96746
(East Side)
Tel. (808) 822-4181
Hula supplies and musical instruments.

LEI

BLUE ORCHID

5470B Koloa Road
Koloa, HI 96756
(South Shore)
Tel. (808) 742-9094
Flower lei for every occasion including specialty lei.

FLOWERS FOREVER
2979 Kalena Street
Lihue, HI 96766
(East Side)
Tel. (808) 245-4717
Flower lei.

THE PEOPLE'S MARKET
4495 Puhi Road
Puhi, HI 96766
(Lihue-Kalapaki Area)
Tel. (808) 245-2210
Fresh flower lei. Maile, Orchids, Pikake, Plumeria and more.

TIARE ENTERPRISES
Lihue Airport
Lihue, HI 96766
(Lihue-Kalapaki)
Tel. (808) 245-1679
A flower lei for you or your partner as you arrive at the airport.

Note: Most local supermarkets sell simple lei.

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MAUI

HULA

IOLA BALUBAR

POLYNESIAN DANCE STUDIO
891 Eha Street
Wailuku, HI 96793
(Central Maui)
Tel. (808) 877-5471
Hula 'till you drop - for keiki and adults. Group and private lessons.

NA KANI O HULA
900 Eha St. #103
Wailuku, HI 96793
(Central Maui)
Tel. (808) 573-6332
Hula supplies - handcrafted traditional Hawaiian musical implements and crafts.

LEI

ALII LEIS FLOWERS & GREETING SERVICE

296 Alamaha Bay N.
Kahului, HI 96732
(Central Maui)
Tel. (808) 877-7088
Statewide service specializing in airport, hotel and harbor greeting. Ship bulk lei to mainland.

KIHEI-WAILEA FLOWERS BY CORA
Azeka's Shopping Center
1280 S. Kihei Road, Ste. 126
Kihei, HI 96753
(South Maui)
Tel. (808) 879-7249 or 1-800-339-0419
Hawaiian floral lei. Ship to mainland.

MR PINEAPPLE
532 Keolani Place
Kahului, HI 96732
(Central Maui)
Tel. (808) 871-6798
Fresh lei - close to the airport.

MY FLOWER SHOP
104 Kaanapali Shores Place
Kaanapali, HI 96761
(West Maui)
Tel. (808) 661-4457
Flower lei including specialty lei.

NAGASAKO VARIETY
Lahaina Shopping Center
Lahaina, HI 96761
(West Maui)
Tel. (808) 661-4108
Flower lei.

PARADISE FLOWER FARMS INC.
352-B Ihe Place
Kula, HI 96790
(Upcountry Maui)
Tel. (808) 878-2591
Lei and flowers fresh from the farm! Tuberose, carnations, roses, plumeria, orchids, ti leaf and more. Public welcome. Also wholesale, retail, conventions. Ship to mainland.

Note: Most local supermarkets sell simple lei.

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MOLOKAI

HULA

MOANA'S HULA HALAU
P. O. Box 722
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
(Island of Molokai)
Tel. (808) 558-8156
Professional hula halau (group); performances of ancient and modern Polynesian hula. Call Moana for performance location and more information.


LEI

MOANA'S FLORIST
P. O. Box 722
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
(Central Molokai)
Tel. (808) 553-3356
Located 2 miles out of Kaunakakai. A great little flower shop. Lei, wreaths, flower arrangements, fruit baskets.

MOLOKAI AIRPORT LEIS & GREETERS

Hoolehua Airport
(West Molokai)
Tel. (808) 567-6775
Traditional island flower lei.

MOLOKAI PLUMERIA
P. O. Box 557
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
(Central Molokai)
Tel. (808) 553-3391
The largest producer of plumeria in the State of Hawaii. Their orchard is located 2-1/2 miles west of Kaunakakai on Maunaloa Highway. Offering morning tours - pick your own flowers and make your own lei. Admission charge. Please call in advance of taking a tour. Mainland shipping and pricelists available.

Note: Most local supermarkets sell simple lei.

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OAHU

HULA

HAWAIIAN PACIFIC CRAFTS

1 Aloha Tower Marketplace, Store #273
Honolulu, HI 96813
(Honolulu / Downtown Area)
Tel. (808) 528-2388
Full line of quality instruments, products, accessories and souvenirs. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Tongan, Samoan. Custom orders welcome. Ship worldwide.

HULA SUPPLY CENTER

2346 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / Moiliili Area)
Tel. (808) 941-5379
One of the largest selections of quality Polynesian costumes, instruments, gifts and fashions in Hawaii.

HULA TO GO
(Island of Oahu)
Tel. (808) 277-2161
Ever desired to learn a lovely hula? No time? Then Hula To Go, will accomodate your schedule, for the on-the-go dancer. Weekly classes are also available. You will also learn techniques in grace; timing; co-ordination; self-confidence, stage-presence, and gain health & fitness! Hula To Go also offers a step-by-step instructional hula dvd with breath-taking views of the Hawaiian islands.


LEI

CINDY'S LEI & FLOWER SHOPPE

1034 Maunakea Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Chinatown District)
Tel. (808) 536-6538
Genuine tropical lei - some of the most beautiful on the island. They pack and ship.

HONOLULU LEI GREETING
230 Elelupe Road
Honolulu, HI 96821
(Island of Oahu)
Tel. 1-800-665-7959
Purchase a traditional Hawaiian flower lei greeting online. Greeting services at the Honolulu International Airport. Delivering Aloha!

LIN'S LEI SHOP
1017A Maunakea Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Chinatown District)
Tel. (808) 537-4112
Specializing in unique lei - mainland shipping.

SWEETHEART'S LEI SHOP
69 North Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Chinatown District)
Tel. (808) 537-3011
Beautiful lei for all occasions - they pack and ship.

VIOLET LEI STAND
1165 Maunakea Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Chinatown District)
Tel. (808) 537-1106
Fresh lei for all occasions - they pack and ship.

Note: Most local supermarkets sell simple lei.

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