Lei Care & Etiquette

When properly cared for, a lei can last for more than just a few days. Watch our video below or read our quick tip guide to find out what you can do to preserve it.

Quick Tips

  • Unpack the lei(s) immediately
  • Keep cool in refrigerators, between 50 ° F – 55 ° F, do NOT store in freezer
  • If a refrigerator is unavailable, mist the lei(s) with cool water and lightly wrap in a damp paper towel
  • Fragrant leis should be used immediately
  • Orchid leis can last in a cooler for up to 3 days, or mist with cool water daily

How to Give a Lei

Traditionally, a Hawaiian lei is presented to another by gently placing it around their neck, accompanied by a kiss on the cheek. One can also bow slightly, holding the lei just above their heart, welcoming the recipient to take the lei and place it around their own neck.

How to Wear a Lei

The beauty of the lei is that it can be worn anytime by anyone on any occasion. A closed lei should be worn on the shoulders, half of it hanging on the front and the other half on the back. An open lei should be centered on the back of the neck, with both ends hanging down on the front.

How to Dispose of a Lei

A lei should never be thrown away in the trash as it is considered disrespectful. It is customary to return the lei to the earth. You can either remove the flowers from the string* and scatter them in the ocean, bury them or burn them. Or simply hang the lei on a door or window to dry it out.

*String not Bio-degradable

Questions about caring for a specific lei? Please contact us directly.