Maui Wedding Traditions: Hawaiian Wedding Lei Exchange

Maui Wedding Traditions: Hawaiian Wedding Lei Exchange

Extend your Maui wedding flowers with Maui wedding lei to complete the vow exchange while providing a traditional Hawaiian wedding accent.Nothing embodies the beauty and majesty of the islands more than the Hawaiian lei. A lei is traditionally presented with a kiss and words of aloha, to celebrate a special moment in the life of someone held dear. Perhaps the most intimate lei presentation is the fresh flower wedding leis exchange at a Hawaiian wedding.

Gently placing the lei around each other brings Bride and Groom in close contact, surrounded by the glorious perfume of tropical flowers. The wedding lei exchange is a perfect complement to the exchange of rings and vows and one of the Maui wedding traditions.

Just as vows can be customized to reflect the couple’s personalities, so can the lei. Haku lei Hawaiian Headress for weddings and other ceremony.Some grooms prefer the maile (my-lee) lei of green leaves or a lei made of kukui nuts or shells. If the bride doesn’t want to cover that perfect dress with a neck lei, she might choose the hHawaiian wedding lei kukui nut and grape leaves lei.aku lei, a crown of flowers to make her feel like a princess.

The sharing of lei can include other loved ones, such as the parents of the couple. The bride and groom honor their parents by presenting them with lei, while both sets of parents welcome their child’s chosen spouse into the family by adorning them with lei. If the exchange with the parents is a bit much for the wedding ceremony, it can be performed at the rehearsal dinner or perhaps the next-day brunch instead. Giving lei to members of the bridal party, particularly the maid of honor and best man, is a uniquely Hawaiian way to thank them for their role in the wedding and in the lives of the bride and groom. If your Maui destination wedding guests traveled far to be with you on your Maui wedding day, honor each wedding guest with a fresh tropical flower lei upon arrival.

Choosing the lei flowers is a fun and fragrant experience with the abundance of tropical beauties in Hawaii. The colors can match or contrast interestingly with the wedding theme colors. Scents range from intoxicatingly fragrant to teasingly delicate, and even little to no scent for those who prefer it. The choices seem almost infinite, but popular ones include:


Tuberose White tuberose flowers whose sweet, long-lasting scent is sometimes compared to jasmine or gardenia. Tuberose and Rose lei for Maui weddings.
Orchid Little or no scent and a veritable rainbow of colors. Orchid Ginger Lei for your Maui wedding lei.
Pikake Tiny and white with a lite sweet fragrance. pikaki fresh flower lei is a beautiful choice for a tropical wedding lei.
Maile Long, green leaves with a sweet fragrance. Traditional wedding lei for the groom, an open-ended lei that hangs down to about the waist. Maile with Tuberose Lei are perfect for gentleman. Fragrant flower lei.

Leis can be handcrafted to reflect the style of the wedding, too. A formal wedding calls for a more intricate design, perhaps incorporating several different types of flowers and colorful accents like ribbons or beads. A simpler design is more appropriate for an informal ceremony, concentrating on one type of flower and employing muted or earthy tones, such as from kukui (koo-koo-ee) nuts or shells.

While choosing leis to exchange and wear, the couple may consider choosing some to accent the wedding and reception decorations, too. A colorful orchid lei encircling a creamy white cake and a whitMaui wedding lei at Kapalua Bay Maui beach wedding site.e shell lei around a beverage fountain add mouth-watering temptation to the table. A long lei draped over a row of chairs politely signifies reserved seating. Placed on the sand and fashioned into the shape of heart, a lei helps to create a romantic and whimsical photograph of the newlyweds.

Sometimes a lei is chosen for the island it reTi Leaf and Tuberose Maui wedding lei.presents. The official flower lei of the Big Island is the lehua. On Maui, it is the lokelani, meaning heavenly rose. Because this flower is so rare, a lei for a Maui wedding may incorporate traditional pink roses. Kaho’olawe is represented by the hinahina, a beach flower. The yellow and orange kaunaoa represents Lanai, while the white blossom of the kukui tree signifies Molokai. The flower for Oahu is the ilima. Kauai is known by the mokihana berry, and Niihau by the pupu shell lei.

For the creative couple, these island leis can be used in conjunction with a unique reception seating chart. Tables are designated not by numbers but by islands. The centerpiece consists of that island’s official lei or even a matching floral arrangement.

Offering such beauty and versatility, the lei is an integral part of the celebration of love that is a Hawaiian wedding with aloha.

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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.

Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit