Flowers

Oahu, Hawaii

I apologize for not posting much lately. I have found myself very busy because this summer has brought a few exciting new things!

  • New job – I mentioned this awhile back, but right now it’s taking some precedence in my life. I have much to learn in my new role.
  • New blog format – Just like my wardrobe…my blog is changing with the seasons. :) I have been slowly updating all of the previous posts, so please be patient with some of the brokenness until I get to them all.
  • Vacation – I took a lovely vacation with my friend to the Big Island of Hawaii recently, so I have been preoccupied with snorkeling and laying by the pool. I did however bring back a few Hawaiian crafts that I’ll hopefully post soon!

Even on vacation…you can’t take the Krafty out of the Kath. :) I signed up for a lei making class in Hawaii and learned all about the art of making leis. It was a fun, and relaxing process. We had a great instructor named Meagan who grew up making leis since she was a little girl. She said she stopped counting how many leis she had made after 4,000. Whoa.

In making a lei, the tradition is to pick all of your flowers. Lucky for us we had a florist who supplied them. We started by counting out 80 flowers. We used orchids, which she said are very common for the island. Once we had our flowers we pinched off the stem on the backside.

Counting

Using a long steel lei needle attached to a long string, we began threading our flowers through the front…out the back directly through where the stem was attached. It’s the strongest part of the flower, so this ensures your lei will stay together.

Threading

After all of the flowers are on the thread, you simply tie a knot to make it a loop.

Threading

Once you have finished your lei, always hold it using two hands. This is a symbol of the love and care you put into your lei. Our instructor says the tradition is that when you make a lei, you shouldn’t really keep it for yourself. It is a sign of love, friendship and celebration, so you are supposed to give it away…of course with a hug and a kiss.

Aloha!