Maile-Style Tī Leaf & Purple Orchid Lei
Longer and fuller than our regular Tī Leaf and Orchid Lei, this lei is absolutely stunning. This open-ended, horseshoe-style lei consists of an extra-long single strand of our classic purple orchids intertwined with a maile-style tī leaf lei.
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COMPOSITION & CONSTRUCTION
Materials Used: Orchids & Tī plant
Hawaiian Name: ‘Okika & Kī
Scientific Name: Dendrobium & Cordyline terminalis
This lei is mimicked after the beautiful Maile Lei which hangs as an open-ended lei. The Tī Leaf Lei itself is very durable and when mixed with orchids, it ends up making a wonderful Maile-Style Tī Leaf & Orchid Lei.
Width: 3 inches in diameter.
Length: About 6 feet from end to end. Drapes past the waist when worn.
Durability: Very durable and long-lasting.
Instructions: Carefully mist only the orchids with water, keep Ti Leaf Lei DRY (will stain clothes if not dry when worn), place in plastic bag and refrigerate. Ideal temperature 54°F (12°C).
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.
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.
In old Hawaii, Kī was extremely important for practical reasons as well. It was commonly used medicinally. The leaves were wrapped around warm stones to serve as hot packs for injuries. The leaves were also boiled to make a drink, which aided in nerve and muscle relaxation, and the steam from boiled young shoots and leaves was an excellent decongestant.
|Dimensions||18.0 × 3.5 × 3.0 in|