Cigar Tī Leaf Lei Twist
A striking combination. The intricate Cigar Lei with its 2,000 tiny orange-red tubular blossoms, entwined with a freshly braided tī leaf lei.
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COMPOSITION & CONSTRUCTION
Materials Used: Cigar Flower
Hawaiian Name: Pua Kika
Scientific Name: Cuphea ignea
Tiny orange-red tubular pua kika or cigar flower lei is entwined with a single strand tī leaf lei to create this twist on tradition.
Width: 2 inches in diameter.
Length: Hangs about 18 inches from neck when worn (40 inches long before being tied).
Durability: Very durable and long-lasting
Instructions: Sprinkle with water and refrigerate in bag or container.
The Cigar Plant is named as such due to its yellow, orange, or red tubular-shaped flowers with white and violet tips, resembling a lit cigar. Although native to Mexico and Jamaica, the cigar flower is widely cultivated in Hawaii for lei making. It takes hundreds of tiny cylindrical flowers to make one cigar lei.
The Tī Plant was brought to Hawaii prior to 1778 by the early Polynesians from Tangaroa, Tane, Tī, and Rongo. Hawaiian Kī was considered sacred to the Hawaiian god, Lono, and to the goddess of the hula, Laka. It symbolized high rank and divine power. The leaves were used by the kahuna priests in ancient rituals as protection from evil spirits.
|Dimensions||21.0 × 2.0 × 1.0 in|