Lei trio includes Lei Pakalana, Lei Pīkake, Puakenikeni - what we (here at Kākou Collective) love to call the power trio. This iconic symbol of aloha plays a key role in our culture. Lei symbolizes love, honor, and friendship. Often used for gifting, greeting, and honoring or marking a special occasion, lei is something truly special to Hawaiʻi.
Pakalana is the local variety of the Chinese violet, Telosma cordata, that was brought to Hawaiʻi possibly around the mid 1800ʻs. Often sewn in single strands, then layered upon themselves, this local treasure is an intensly fragrant flower.
Pīkake is the Hawaiian name for Jasminum sambac, one of about a dozen Jasminum species grown in Hawaiʻi. The name is adapted from the word “peacock,” because Princess Kaʻiulani was fond of both this flower and the bird.
Puakenikeni means ten-cent flower, pua meaning "flower" and kenikeni meaning "ten cents." Its name is derived from the early 1900's when visitors arrived by boat, and one could purchase Lei Puakenikeni for 10 cents.
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