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Hawaiian LeiDLTK's Crafts for Kids
Hawaiian Lei

Lei is the Hawaiian word for garland.  Leis are constructed of flowers, leaves, shells, seeds or nuts.  A lei is given in a sign of respect and friendship -- it would be impolite to refuse one if it's offered to you.  With tourism being such an important industry in modern-day Hawaii, leis are commonly given to visitors to the islands upon their arrival.

The tradition of making leis came to Hawaii with the Polynesian people who settled there.  Traditionally, they were given to friends or family members for special occasions or as peace offerings between tribal chiefs.
 

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