The Haku Fresh Flower Head Lei, Hawaiian Wedding Traditions

The Haku Fresh Flower Head Lei, Hawaiian Wedding Traditions

Haku Wedding Lei worn at Kapalua Maui wedding locationMost brides dream of feeling like a princess at her wedding. She knows that she is the center of attention at a crowning moment of her life. That is probably why many brides planning a Maui wedding wear a Haku Lei, the beautiful crown of flowers lei. And quickly becoming a Hawaii wedding tradition.

Worn around the head, the haku (ha-koo) lei is a popular Hawaiian headdress for Maui weddings. Traditionally, white flowers are used for a bride’s lei, although colorful tropical flowers for accent look lovely, too. Including flowers that match the couple’s wedding color scheme can create a smartly coordinated look.

Haku head lei Hawaiian wedding flowers.Wearing this halo of flowers rather than a long veil truly makes a wedding uniquely Hawaiian. And it offers a practical benefit, too. Maui’s trade winds are soothing and cooling, but they sure can blow a veil around. The last thing a bride wants to worry about is the wind blowing her veil in front of her face during the vows or the romantic first kiss. An uncooperative veil can ruin the mood and the wedding pictures.

Fortunately, the haku lei stays in place with some hair pins and even helps hold the hair in place, too. And if the couple desires the tradition of a veil, a short veil pinned in back with the lei is the perfect accent piece, a “Hawaiian veil.”

Hawaiian wedding lei - wearing a Maile Haku Lei and presenting an orchid lei to Maui wedding guests.What’s nice about this headpiece is that it looks good with any style of wedding apparel that the bride is wearing. Walking down the aisle in a long gown with an exquisite train. Standing under a gazebo in a chic and simple sheath. Sinking her toes in the sand at a casual beach ceremony. The bride looks like royalty, the haku lei a Hawaiian bridal accessory that accentuates her perfect dress and her radiant face.

If the lady, or “wahine” (wa-hee-nay), wants to further adorn herself, a smaller haku lei can be fashioned to wear around the wrist or ankle. Sometimes these tie with an attached ribbon for a better fit and to make them easier to put on and remove.

While the white haku lei is a standard for Hawaiian wedding traditions, a colorful haku lei is often Haku Lei - Fresh Flower Lei Maui wedding flowersworn for other celebrations. For the pageantry of Maui’s May Day celebration, an annual event featuring Hawaiian flowers, music, and dance, many wahine wear a haku lei in addition to a neck lei. For a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or other special occasion, a woman smiles beneath her crown of colorful, tropical flowers.

Sometimes instead of wearing the haku lei on her head, a woman puts it around a hat band. This way she Maui wedding flowers - fresh flower lei for Maui wedding guests.can shade herself from the sun with style.

Haku leis even make beautiful decorations. They can be placed on a table as a centerpiece or around the base of:

  • candles
  • fruit bowls
  • decorative bottles
  • floral arrangements
  • baskets

This wreath of flowers adds an original touch to complete a decorating ensemble.

The haku lei is named for the way the lei is braided. This method uses a base material such as banana or ti (tee) leaves, softened tree bark, Hawaii wedding leior ferns. While the base material is braided, decorative elements are added to the weave, usually flowers. But other elements can make the lei beautiful, too, like fruits and leaves.

Would you like to preserve the beauty of the fresh flower lei for a few days? The wahine may wrap it in damp paper towels, put it in a plastic bag, and place it in the refrigerator. She can take it out and wear it again when she wants to feel like a princess and show off that tiara of flowers!

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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!

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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!

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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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?

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​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!

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