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Do they really give everyone a flower leigh (sp?) when you get off of a plane in Hawaii?
-- Robyn Hoelker-Wright (email@example.com), January 23, 1999
If your friend/relative is coming in or leaving, you give them a lei. Also, for any tour group coming in, leis are given to all the members of the tour.
FYI...Leis have symbolized peace, affection, mercy and protection. They are used for ceremonies, marriages, funerals, birthday wishes, promotions. Depending on the type of flower, fern, or vine and the amount of time required to make the lei, it can signify importance or prestige. Some common leis are Moanaloa or carnations for graduation, maile for men for weddings and pikake or pakalana for the women. Plumerias for graves. Plumerias, vandas, tuberose, and ti leaf are used for welcomes, good-byes, thank yous and congratulations. Lei prices can range from a couple of dollars to $75+ for beautiful hakus (leis for your head). Season also plays a part in price ;)
-- Roy Inouye (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 23, 1999.