One of the oldest traditions in Hawaii is the giving or exchanging of a lei. Whether it be a fragrant lei (flower or fauna), or a non perishable lei (seed, shell, feather, paper, ribbon, or etc.) it is an expression of one's "ALOHA" (love, caring, kindness) for that special person.
Today, leis are incorporated into a wedding or vow-renewal ceremony because of their circular shape having no beginning or end, signify the continuation of true and abiding love. Leis may be exchanged between the couple, their familes and friends.
Although not all of the fragrant leis will remain fresh, one must remember that the thoughts which accompany each lei as a gift, are tokens of love, a truly Hawaiian custom.
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