Hawaiian Greenery Kupe’e Wrist Lei
Popular with halau hula (hula schools) for performances, this traditional kupe’e is made with a mix of fresh Hawaiian greenery including various types of fern, Hala, and song of India.
Exact greenery used will vary depending on what we have available.
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COMPOSITION & CONSTRUCTION
Materials Used: Natural base, mix of fresh foliage.
Hawaiian Name: Kupe’e
A mix of fresh foliage is used to create this beautiful Kupe’e.
Width: 2 inches in diameter.
Length: 8 inches
Durability: Fairly durable. Varies with the types of foliage being used.
Instructions: Sprinkle with water and refrigerate in bag or container.
In contemporary Hawaiian society, the term “kupe’e” is associated with a lei worn around the wrist or ankle. However, traditionally, “kupe’e” simply refers to the method of making a lei with a base material, such as a ti leaf, or tree bark, and braiding it while adding flowers, leaves, or ferns. This is a traditional Hawaiian style of lei making that was common in old Hawaii. In traditional Hawaiian dance, the kupe’e is made with plants and materials that represents the deities honored in dance. The kupe’e is placed on the wrist or the ankle to draw attention to the delicate movements of the hands and feet. Often in traditional Hawaiian dance, the kupe’e will make sound to enhance the performance as well.
|Dimensions||10.0 × 4.0 × 2.5 in|