Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Learning to make a haku lei

Materials for making a haku (braided) lei

A completed lei enhances a tasty Maui pineapple!

My friend and I went to a class to learn how to make haku leis. We took ferns and placed them in piles of two. Then we proceeded to braid the ferns so that they faced outwards. In no time we had braided enough to surround our heads. Our beautiful Hawaiian teacher showed us how to tie off the lei and turn the leaves under, and we had lovely crown leis .... those that sat squarely on our heads. We managed to complete this in about 25 minutes!
I bought a long needle that is used for traditional lei making and plan to use plants of Colorado, when I go home..... to create new and different kinds of leis.

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