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Here are a few pictures of our amazing job coaches and clients making ti leaf lei’s today with an order of 100 lei’s.
A little Hawaiian history about the Ti Leaf:
One of the introduced plants to Hawai’i by the early Polynesians was a tall, stalk with tightly clustered, green, oval and blade-shaped leaves. The leaf was about 4 inches wide and varied from 1 to 2 feet long. It was a fast growing woody plant that reached from 3 to 12 feet in height. The plant was Cordyline fruticosa. Known to the Hawaiians as Ki, it was a ti plant, a member of the lily family.
Ki was considered sacred to the Hawaiian god, Lono, and to the goddess of the hula, Laka. It was also an emblem of high rank and divine power. The kahili, in its early form, was a Ki stalk with its clustered foliage of glossy, green leaves at the top. The leaves were used by the kahuna priests in their ancient religious ceremonial rituals as protection to ward off evil spirits and to call in good.
There were many uses for the ti plant in old Hawai’i. The boiled roots were brewed into a potent liquor known as ‘okolehao. The large, sweet starchy roots were baked and eaten as a dessert.
This versatile plant also had many medicinal uses, either alone or as a wrapping for other herbs needing to be steamed or boiled. The ti leaves were wrapped around warm stones to serve as hot packs, used in poultices and applied to fevered brows.
A drink from boiled green ti leaves were used to aid nerve and muscle relaxation. Steam from boiled young shoots and leaves made an effective decongestant.
The leaf was also used as a protection sign. In Hawaiian history people would first throw the leaf into rivers throughout Hawaii in order to get acceptance to enter the waters. If the leaf floated on the water it was safe to enter the river, but if it sunk, that meant the Mo’o Wahine Goddess was in the waters at that time and it was not safe to enter.
The pleasantly fragrant flowers were also used for asthma. Besides its use in healing practices, the large ti leaves became roof thatching, wrappings for cooking food, plates, cups, fishing lures on hukilau nets, woven into sandals, hula skirts, leis and rain capes.
Our farms are loaded with Ti leafs, so if you need any please call us at (808) 982-8322, have a great day!
These are just a few of our ideas for weddings, if you have a theme, color, flower preferences, etc please let us know by calling (866) 982-8322. We will be more then happy to help you plan floral decorations for your special day. Aloha!
Birds of Paradise is one of the most beautiful that we have growing on our farms here in Hawai’i. Birds of Paradise are native to South Africa and bloom from September through May.
The unusually beautiful shape and brilliant colors of Birds of Paradise have made these flowers not just a designer’s favorite, but also a popular symbol of paradise.
The popular Birds-of-Paradise plant bears a unique flower that resembles a brightly colored bird in flight, giving it the common name, Bird of Paradise. The Birds-of-Paradise flowers make the plant an exceptionally attractive landscape plant, that’s why you can find it growing all over Hawaii.
Our farm is filled with beautiful bird of paradise flowers. If you are interested in purchasing any whether it is for decoration, a bouquet, or even want to take it home to plant and care for it in your own garden, please give us a call at (866) 982-8322, ALOHA!
Our farms are currently all stocked up with mini red torch ginger, tropical fleur, and birds of paradise. If you are interested in purchasing any, please call us today at (866) 982-8322.
A humble, sacred plant. For centuries, leis made from the shiny fragrant leaves of maile (alyxia oliviformis) have been used to communicate love, respect, blessing, enduring devotion, reverence, friendship, and a desire for peace. Maile is an indigenous vine or shrub found in wet forests throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
To create a lei the stems are stripped of bark, which unleashes maile’s fresh, unmistakable scent, and tied into loose open knots. Maile is usually worn as an open-ended lei draped loosely around the shoulders. Possibly the oldest, and certainly one of the most popular leis, the maile lei is steeped in history and tradition. Known as “The Royal Lei” because it was prized by ali‘i (Hawaiian royalty) and often given to denote honor and respect, maile leis were used by people of all classes for many different occasions.
The maile lei is also a symbol of courtship and love. In ancient times a woman would deposit one on the doorstep of the man she hoped to marry, boldly announcing her intentions to her beloved and the entire village. During wedding ceremonies, the kahuna (priest) would bind the hands of the bride and groom together with a strand of maile to symbolize their commitment and union.Maile was employed as a peace offering in times of battle. When peace was desired, warring chiefs would meet in a heiau (house of worship) to resolve their differences. There they would work together to weave a lei of maile. When the lei was completed, peace was officially established.
Boys often wear one to their prom, and it is a favorite graduation gift. Grooms adorn themselves and their groomsmen in maile leis, and the hand binding ceremony is still popular at weddings.
They are generously given as signs of friendship, and it is customary for the recipient to join the open ends to symbolize the love that weaves the friends together. Untying a maile lei, in the Hawaiian version of a ribbon cutting ceremony, commemorates the opening of new buildings, roads, and businesses.
There are no hard and fast rules about where and when to wear a lei. They are used to mark important life events, but can be worn anytime, just because. Since it is given in the spirit of love and generosity, it is considered rude to refuse a lei. When you are finished with your lei you should return it to the earth, ideally in the spot it was collected. Otherwise it can be hung from a tree or buried. Regardless of who gave it, a lei is also a gift from the ‘aina (land).
Wholesalers and florists here in Hawaii usually sell maile leis now for $30.00 or more. Beautiful to look at and heavenly to smell, the maile lei embodies the spirit of Aloha.
Perhaps the next time you wish to express love, respect, or the desire for peace, you can let the gift of a time-honored maile lei convey more than mere words ever could. So please place your order with us today.
Call us today at (866) 982-8322
Mahalo nui loa,
-Puna Kamali’i Flowers