Tī Leaf & He’e Berry Lei
This He’e Berry and Tī Leaf Lei is a wonderfully colorful and durable choice for men and women – our Tī Leaf Lei is wrapped around a single strand He’e Berry Lei.
Often given during the holidays, the He’e Berry, or Christmas Berry is a festive non-fragrant bud that grows in the Hawaiian rainforests.
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COMPOSITION & CONSTRUCTION
Materials Used: Tī Leaf, He’e Berry
Hawaiian Name: Kī, He’e
Scientific Name: Cordyline terminalis, Schefflera actinophylla
Our ti leaf lei is wrapped around a single strand He’e Berry Lei.
Width: 2 inches in diameter.
Length: Hangs about 4 feet from top to bottom.
Durability: Very durable and long-lasting.
Instructions: Refrigerate in bag or container.
The tī plant was brought to Hawaii prior to 1778 by the early Polynesians from Tangaroa, Tane, Tī, and Rongo. Hawaiian Ki 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.
The He’e Berry is used at Christmas time and throughout the year as a long-lasting and colorful lei making material. Unfortunately, the shade tree it grows on (schefflera) has become one of the worst weed trees, especially in the moist forest areas of the Islands. The red buds grow in clusters that resemble “arms,” which is the reason they are called “he’e,” the Hawaiian name for octopus.
|Dimensions||20.0 × 2.0 × 1.0 in|