Maile & Kukunaokalā Lei


A striking strand of kukuna-o-ka-la is intertwined with a fragrant maile lei. Maile is found deep in the rainforest, and the kukuna-o-ka-la blossom is found near the ocean – the perfect union of mountain and sea.

[i]Limited availability. Substitution may be necessary.
***Cannot be shipped to California due to agricultural restrictions. Please consider our Maile-Style Ti Leaf Lei.[/i]

Maile leis may vary. When Big Island maile leis are in short supply, maile grown in other South Pacific locations such as the Cook Islands and Tonga will be used.

**Extremely perishable. We suggest shipping within Hawaii or West Coast delivery zones only—not available for California delivery.  Mid-US, East Coast, and Canada deliveries are shipped at the buyer’s risk and are not guaranteed.  If a California delivery address is given, the purchaser hereby agrees that Hawaii Flower Lei will be able to substitute the Maile Lei with the Maile-Style Ti Leaf Lei at their discretion.  Please select “I Agree” to indicate your acceptance of this disclaimer. 

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Shape: Natural
Materials Used: Maile / Kukuna-o-ka-la
Hawaiian Name: Maile / Kukuna-o-ka-la
Scientific Name: Alyxia oliviformis / unknown
A striking strand of kukuna-o-ka-la is intertwined with a fragrant maile lei.


Width: 3 inches in diameter.
Length: About 6 feet from end to end. Drapes past the waist when worn.


Durability: Perishable. Cannot be shipped to California.
Instructions: Mist generously with water, wrap lei in moist paper towel, place in plastic bag and refrigerate. Ideal temperature 54°F (12°C).


Vanilla-scented maile is a vine-like shrub that grows in the mountain rainforests of Hawaii. The vine bark and leaves are stripped and intertwined and knotted to make the maile lei. It is associated with Laka, the patron spirit of hula (dance), and was commonly used in sacred ceremonies. Today, the maile lei is the traditional lei used in very important ceremonies, such as weddings and funerals.

The stiff yellow/red flowers come from mangroves that were introduced to Hawaii in 1922. The flowers are gathered from trees that grow at the mouths of brackish water streams near the ocean, and are most plentiful during the late summer through the fall. The lei will keep well for over a week and is still wearable when it is completely dried.

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Weight.12500 lbs
Dimensions21 × 9 × 3.5 in
No California Delivery Disclaimer

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