Create a traditional Hawaiian lei

Laie, United States

Experience hosted by Kekai

90 mins, Hosted in English
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Up to 10 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

When guests arrive you will learn basic Hawaiian language relative to lei making. I will provide a fresh sourced, cut & prepared pua (flowers) & greenery including all materials needed to make a flower crown (leipo’o).

We will measure and size it to your head to make sure it fits well. I will then guide you step by step in making your very own leipo’o. Each guest will make 1 lei customized to their head.

When finished making your leipo’o, you will be ready to show off and wear it around for the remainder of your vacation and to wherever home is for you. One lei can last up to 1 week. I will also teach how to care for it!

I will also be happy to and do my best to take some photos of you with your own camera or camera phones (iPhone and/or android).
Other things to note
I will make sure you finish with a beautiful leipo’o. I will help you every step of the way so don’t be nervous! I’m so excited to share my Hawaiian Culture with you!!! Aloha
When guests arrive you will learn basic Hawaiian language relative to lei making. I will provide a fresh sourced, cut & prepared pua (flowers) & greenery including all materials needed to make a flower crown (leipo’o).

We will measure and size it to your head to make sure it fits well. I will then guide you step by step in making your very own leipo’o. Each guest will make 1 lei customized to their head.

When finished ma…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Locally picked &/or sourced flowers & greenery, cleaned & preppared. All ad...

Meet your host, Kekai

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 7 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Aloha!
I am a Native Hawaiian girl, born and raised on these beautiful Hawaiian islands! I have over 30 years of professional hula dancing experience in Waikiki, hula competition, throughout Hawai’i & around the world. I grew up making fresh lei, skirts & all other adornments necessary to perform.
I have formal Hawaiian language education & fluency. I’m happy to share these traditions with my Keiki (children) and you!

I will share my aloha, passion & respect for my Hawaiian culture & the honua (land, earth, world) through the cultural practice of leipo’o (flower crown) making using the style of wili (to wrap or entwine). You can see some of my work on my IG @honualiving.

*Please contact me if the place and time doesn’t work for you or for custom orders!
Aloha!
I am a Native Hawaiian girl, born and raised on these beautiful Hawaiian islands! I have over 30 years of professional hula dancing experience in Waikiki, hula competition, throughout Hawai’i & around the world. I grew up making fresh lei, skirts & all other adornments necessary to perform.
I have formal Hawaiian language education & fluency. I’m happy to share these traditions with my Keiki (children) and you!

I will share my aloha, passion & respect for my Hawai…
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Mon, 9 Aug
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Tue, 10 Aug
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Wed, 11 Aug
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Where you'll be

We will meet at a beautiful beach on the North Shore of O'ahu, Kokololio Beach Park on the Northern most end of the parking lot where I will lead you our lei making spot. We will make leipo’o at a picnic table right next to the beach. You will be amazed with the view. Depending on the weather, I will contact you the morning of and you will follow me, by car, to our indoor location (just 1 mile from our meeting place).

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Mekenzi
July 2021
amazing experience! Kekai was so knowledgeable and shared so much with us. I encourage anyone visiting the islands to learn more about the culture, practices and history. Mahalo nui loa!!
Andrea
July 2021
My daughters, myself and my friend spent an amazing morning learning how to make traditional lei po’o with Kekai. Everything was beautiful from the flowers, the location and Kekai!! Kekai was an amazing teacher for our group; we had kids and two adults. She was patient with all of us but not in a way where it slowed anyone else down. The whole experience really left us feeling like we just got to experience something once in a lifetime. It was also really nice to get away from the hectic Waikiki and spend some time connecting with a quieter side of the island and learning so much of the amazing culture from an equally amazing teacher. Kekai, thank you SO much for your time and skill. We all really appreciate learning how to make the beautiful lei’s and also learning about your culture. To anyone reading this review and if you’re on the fence about doing it or not- just do it!! You won’t forget your time and you’ll learn so much while you’re there.
My daughters, myself and my friend spent an amazing morning learning how to make traditional lei po’o with Kekai. Everything was beautiful from the flowers, the location and Kekai…
Iravati
July 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed making the Leipo'o. It was an hour long drive for us from where we were staying and unfortunately our car battery had problems when we were about to leave. This required us to take uber all the way to the location and we informed Kekai about this. She was extremely accomodative and kind to us. Inspite of reaching 45 mins late into the workshop, we ended up making beautiful Leis with Kekai's help. Thanks Kekai!
Thoroughly enjoyed making the Leipo'o. It was an hour long drive for us from where we were staying and unfortunately our car battery had problems when we were about to leave. This…
Melissa
July 2021
It was such a cool experience! All of the flowers smelled amazing and looked gorgeous! Kekai was so kind and patient with me. 10/10
Geneva
July 2021
FANTASTIC, a must do! Kekai was so happy and such a pleasure to learn from. She spoke to us in native Hawaiian so we could hear the language and learn some Hawaiian terminology. There was no shortage of flowers and she helped me make a massive, lavish crown while my husband made multiple flower leis. She was an excellent teacher and our flower crown/leis were gorgeous!! She even went down to the beach with us to take pictures after. I can not recommend this activity more, absolutely worth every penny.
FANTASTIC, a must do! Kekai was so happy and such a pleasure to learn from. She spoke to us in native Hawaiian so we could hear the language and learn some Hawaiian terminology. Th…
Elena
July 2021
Kekai was so friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about Hawaii. My daughter and I wanted an authentic experience while visiting Hawaii and that is exactly what we got! Not to mention Kekai took the most beautiful picture of us that we have to print it and frame it so that we can always remember wonderful experience. We received so much praise for our Haku Leis for the remainder of our stay. It was definitely worth it.
Kekai was so friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about Hawaii. My daughter and I wanted an authentic experience while visiting Hawaii and that is exactly what we got! Not to menti…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Reusable water bottle to Mālama Honua (care for the land, earth, world).

Jacket for shore breeze.