Learn How to Make Your Own Lei Po‘o for Lei Day 2019

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaiʻi. Find out how to make a lei po‘o, also known as a haku lei, with tips from the team at Paiko and flowers from Cindy’s Lei and Flower Shoppe.


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Since 1928, May Day has been affectionately celebrated as Lei Day in Hawaiʻi.

 

As the popularity of steamship travel to the Islands took off in the 1920s, lei stands became a growing presence near the downtown hotels and piers. This colorful welcoming inspired local poet Don Blanding and a Honolulu Star-Bulletin columnist to coin May Day as Lei Day in Hawaiʻi to celebrate the vibrant tradition of lei making.

 

With the lei po‘o or haku lei (a Hawaiian-style flower crown) becoming today’s boho-chic statement piece, the variations of the haku have expanded from a traditional ti leaf lei to those thick with colorful plumeria, ginger and orchids.

 

At Kakaʻako’s botanical boutique, Paiko, and Chinatown’s go-to lei spot, Cindy’s Lei and Flower Shoppe, we had the chance to learn and gather from the best in Honolulu.

 

To learn how to make a haku lei, watch the video above.

 

SEE ALSO: Local Artist Spotlight: Paiko Founder Tamara Rigney

 

Paiko, 675 Auahi St., (808) 988-2165, paikohawaii.com

Cindy’s Lei and Flower Shoppe, 1034 Maunakea St., (808) 536-6538, cindysleishoppe.com

Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside, 2760 Roundtop Drive

 

Shoot Credits

Direction and Editing: Marisa Hartzell

Photography and Videography: Aaron K. Yoshino

Additional Video: Katie Kenny

 

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