Maile & Orchid Lei
The vanilla-scented maile lei is intertwined with beautiful orchids. The maile lei is traditionally used in Hawaiian weddings, blessings, funerals, and other sacred events. Available with Purple or White Orchids (shown) – click “More Images” to view all designs. Not available for California delivery; we suggest the Maile Style Ti Leaf & Orchids Lei (Green, Pink, Purple, White) for California deliveries.
Limited availability. Substitution may be necessary.
Maile may vary. When Big Island maile is in short supply, maile may be from other South Pacific locations such as the Cook Islands and Tonga.
**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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COMPOSITION & CONSTRUCTION
Materials Used: Maile & orchids
Hawaiian Name: Maile & ‘okika
Scientific Name: Alyxia oliviformis & dendrobium
Two beautiful fragrant vines are intertwined together with orchids to create this open-ended Maile and Orchid 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: Keep damp and cool.
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.
Dendrobium orchids have been among Hawaii’s most popular plants since they were introduced from the Philippines in 1896. They have since become the single most valuable commercial flower in Hawaii. Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands will notice orchids throughout their vacation – they may receive a fresh orchid lei upon arrival, or enjoy a tropical cocktail with a fresh orchid hanging on the lip of their glass.
|Dimensions||18.0 × 3.5 × 3.0 in|