You cannot host, or attend, a Hawaiian party without having a Lei or two draped around your neck.
May 1st is the ‘Lei Day’ – the Hawaiian National Day to celebrate the Lei. The idea was conceived by poet Don Blanding back in 1927. On ‘Lei Day’ in 2007, Honolulu set the World Record for the World’s Longest Lei, measuring 5336 feet long.
‘Lei’ is the Hawaiian word for a garland or wreath to be worn. It is generally made from fresh flowers, leaves and vines.
In Hawaiian culture, the Lei is presented to a person on arrival or departure as a sign of affection and hung around their neck. They are often given on birthdays, weddings, graduations, funerals and weddings. It is not uncommon for a person to wear so many that they reach to their ears.