Maile Lei


The maile lei is the traditional Hawaiian wedding lei, created by intertwining two beautiful fragrant maile vines, symbolizing the sacred union of the bride and groom. Maile is used for many of life’s important or sacred events, like blessings and funerals.  The subtle, yet unmistakable scent is unlike any other fragrance. We primarily offer Hilo Maile (as pictured); however, when Hilo Maile is in short supply we may offer maile grown in other South Pacific locations such as Tonga. These South Pacific Maile are thicker than Hilo Maile. If you have a preference, you may use the special instructions section during checkout to let us know.

The maile cannot be shipped to California due to strict agricultural restrictions. Please consider our Maile-Style Ti Leaf Lei as an alternative.  

Maile is in very short supply this year. Substitution may be necessary. Please consider our beautiful
Maile-Style Ti Leaf Lei as an alternative.  

**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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Additional Product Information


Shape: Natural
Materials Used: Maile
Hawaiian Name: Maile
Scientific Name: Alyxia oliviformis
Found deep in the wet tropical Hawaiian forests, the maile vine has a distinctive vanilla like scent.


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.

Additional information

Additional information

Weight0.56875 lbs
Dimensions25.0 × 10.0 × 3.0 in
No California Delivery Disclaimer

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