N_ Lei Makamae: The Treasured Lei
Lei are the very expression of traditional Hawaiian culture and were once an essential part of community and family life. Following in the footsteps of Samuel Kamakau, Abraham Fornander and others, the authors have collected here a wealth of written and oral information to reveal the significance of making and wearing lei and their role in Hawaiian ritual and dance. variations) used in traditional lei construction. They are arranged according to their Hawaiian names and accompanied by botanical information and descriptions gleaned from legends and chants that illustrate the cultural uses and special meanings of lei prior to Western contact. Many are introduced by poems especially written for this work by master kumu hula, linguist and ethnologist Pualani kanaka'ole Kanahele. Colour photographs showcase each plant and lei (shown by itself or worn), as well as places throughout the Islands associated specific flowers and plants. An appendix includes a complete list of lei plants, basic instructions for their propagation and other sources for material.
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