The lei custom was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by early Polynesian voyagers, who took an incredible journey from Tahiti, navigating by the stars in sailing canoes. With these early settlers, the lei tradition in Hawaii was born.
Leis were constructed of flowers, leaves, shells, seeds, nuts, feathers, and even bone and teeth of various animals. In Hawaiian tradition, these garlands were worn by ancient Hawaiians to beautify themselves and distinguish themselves from others.
Many wedding couples will do a lei exchange during their ceremony and sometimes when a loved one has passed on, they will pray and release a lei into the sea to honor a loved one who has passed on. Last nights wedding was one of those occasions. A great sunset shot with a flower lei in the forground. A beauty Maui wedding photo.