The Lei is as synonymous with Hawaii as Aloha and the Shaka. When Don Blanding first suggested “Lei Day” back in 1927, he had no idea that it would soon became an annual holiday. It was made official in 1929 and since then, the 1st of May has been known here in Hawaii as Lei Day. Lei Day celebrates the history and tradition of the lei and festivities throughout the islands include food, music, lei making demonstrations and contests, and in some cases the crowing of a Lei Queen and her court.
Originally made of flowers, shells, leaves and even bones, leis were worn as accessories by the Polynesian settlers in Hawaii, but throughout history the giving and receiving of a lei has always been symbolic. They are given as a gift or sign of affection. In the early days, leis were exchanged between chiefs of warring tribes as a symbol of peace. Today, leis are given at weddings and graduation ceremonies, and are often given as anniversary and birthday gifts or to welcome the birth of a child.
When you visit Hawaii, it’s common to have a lei bestowed upon you as a warm welcome to the islands. This will be your first official introduction to our famous Aloha spirit. A lei is meant to be worn gently draped over the shoulders with equal parts hanging down on your chest and back, though you’ll often see visitors wearing it as more of a necklace. Because the lei is considered a sign of affection, it is impolite to refuse a lei and you should never take it off in front of the person who gave it to you.
We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!
Outstanding Experience From Beginning to End
It was in an outstanding experience from beginning to end, I would work with Hawaii hideaways again in the future unquestionably. Sunny Madeiros was terrific with her recommendations of everything from leisure activities to restaurants and even equipment rentals.
Coral Gables, FL
Perfect Combination of Elegance and Comfort
First time to Maui (and Hawaii). This is a spectacular setting and the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort. I could stay on the lanai all day long and be happy. Of course there’s a ton of fun activities, but it was great to have Gull Cottage as our base to come back to!
Arlington Heights, IL
You’re Going to Want to Stay
Our family spent a splendid week in Kauai in early 2017, basing ourselves out of the Touching Green house. It’s in a great location, has everything you need, and is just lovely. The pictures don’t do it justice. You’re going to want to stay!
We had a wonderful time in Kauai! We remained in awe at the unimaginable beauty, both of the rental home, as well as Kauai itself. It will be a treasured memory for life. I hope we can come back and make more memories.