Fresh Floral Lei Share the Aloha Spirit at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

One of the most loved customs of the Polynesian Islands is that of the lei that are used to adorn the body with garlands of flowers, leaves, shells, seeds, nuts, and feathers. In Hawai'i there is a rich lei tradition where they are used to show respect and honor, or merely symbolize the aloha spirit. Beautiful lei are worn with very few rules; anyone can wear lei for any reason - no special occasion needed.

Making Lei at Disneys Polynesian ResortMaking Lei at Disneys Polynesian Resort

At Disney's Polynesian Village Resort there's also a strong tradition of greeting guests to the resort with colorful lei made from bright silk flowers. However we've noticed something special going on in the lobby these days! Hawaiian cultural ambassadors are skillfully turning button carnations and ribbon into beautiful authentic souvenirs by carefully crafting fresh floral kui style lei and headbands. We even caught a glimpse of candy lei being made.

Guests can stop by to discuss the tradition of the lei, and purchase beautiful fresh floral adornments for between $10 - $20. Modern tradition holds that carnation lei symbolize love, but a fresh lei is a beautiful gift that needs no reason to give and enjoy.

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