From the Wellesley College website:
Early Polynesian voyagers introduced leis to Hawaiians during their voyage, and the tradition stuck. In ancient Hawaii, wearing a lei represented wealth, royalty, and rank. They were made out of flowers, leaves, shells, seeds, nuts, feathers, and even the bone and teeth of animals. Modern day leis, however, are made from various blossoms and leaves and are common symbols for love, friendship, celebration, honor, or greeting. A lei can be worn, received, or given for almost any occasion, and is significant in the Hawaiian culture.
Lei-making is included in the workshops conducted by Hālau o Keikialil`i during the cultural group’s week-long residency at Wellesley, as are workshops include hula and lauhala weaving. Workshops are free to Wellesley students, faculty, and staff with pre-registration, and are open to the public with paid registration.
For more information, go to the Wellesley College event page.
Houghton Chapel Multi-Faith Reception Area
September 17, 2016