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Top 3 Graduation Hawaiian Lei Trends


Graduation Leis

Hawaiian Graduation Leis

Selecting the Right Graduation Lei

Graduation Lei Tradition

  • Millions of students graduate each year.  From high school, to college to advanced degrees these are joyous celebrations that should be exalted with pride and achievement.

  • In Hawaii giving the graduate a Hawaiian Lei to wear has been a way for them to proudly celebrate their accomplishments and display it with fresh colors of beauty.

  • This tradition has a long history of use that includes any ceremonial event from birthdays, to graduations, to getting a new job as well as farewells after a guest is departing or even a coworker is retiring.  

  • Hawaiian Lei giving is a beautiful cultural icon of Hawaii.  The proper way to give lei is for the give to place it around the receiver’s neck and then embrace each other with loving words such as Aloha, or the case of a graduate “congratulations!

Why Graduation Leis Are Popular

  • This culture of giving a graduation lei to a graduate has more recently had an appeal in the mainland, USA as no one can argue that it is a beautiful gesture that can be worn and displayed by the graduate.

  • This is unlike the traditional bouquet of flowers given to graduates that limits the amount of bouquets one can hold and eventually gets placed somewhere as the graduate’s hands get tired.

  • Leis are often seen piling on the shoulders so high that the graduate can’t see!  In Hawaii there are even instances where there needs to be more than 1 round of taking layers of  flower leis off the graduate’s shoulders in order for them to receive more leis from family and friends.  

  • Hawaiian leis are most commonly made from flowers and or leaves such as plumeria, Maile,  fragrant Tuberose and most popularly dendrobium Orchid leis

  • Leis have become popular on mainland high school and University graduation as fun and unique fundraising activities for schools. 

#1. Dendrobium Orchid Single Lei

  • The most popular lei used for Graduations is the single Orchid leis

  • The dendrobium single orchid lei is the most widely used as their strong durability allows them to last long, not break apart easily, and maintain a fresh look even the next day when celebrating at follow up family celebratory dinners.

  • These graduation leis come in a wide range of natural colors such as purple, lavender, white, and green, which can be mixed in sequence to appeal to the eye or match someone’s outfit. 

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#2. Dyed Orchid Single Lei (dyed to match school colors):

  • More recently, the single strand dyed Hawaiian orchid leis have become a hit with its strong vibrant colors ranging from red, yellow, blue, orange, pink etc.  

  • Customer colors are available with dyes. This allows for leis to be made with one’s school colors in an alternating pattern which allows a much more meaningful gift and appearance.  

  • It is recommended you look for dyed Hawaiian orchid leis that use a natural dyed process where the flower soaks the color internally through its stem and through the petal's veins. Do not purchase topically dyed or sprayed leis as the colors can vary. 

#3 Deluxe Orchid Leis

  • Within the category of Hawaiian orchid  leis you have many styles of uniquely woven patterns such as the elegant Christina Lei to the intricate Spiral Lei and the alluring Butterfly, Feather leis and Alana leis.

  • These leis have a range of prices, however they are known for their exquisite and eye catching designs. 

  • Show off with these Hawaiian fancy leis. They truly make the individual wearing it stand out in a crowd with an immediate look of stature.   

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Author: Buy Hawaiian Lei
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Published: 11/28/2019


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