Island Culture

Kalani's Culture is based on the Hawaiian core values of integrity and respect. In this section we invite you to learn more about the island life and aloha spirit.

Lono_-_Island_CultureLono Dickson
Co-found of Kalani
Born and raised on Maui, HI



Hawaiian Leis

Lei's on tree branch

The Hawaiian lei is a popular symbol of the Aloha spirit of Hawaii. Leis can be constructed of flowers, leaves, shells, nuts, feathers and even candy. In ancient Hawaii leis were worn by Hawaiians to beautify themselves and to distinguish themselves from others.

The maile lei is constructed of a native Hawaiian vine which has shiny, fragrant leaves. It is perhaps the most significant lei and is known as the "lei of royalty". Traditionally, maile leis were saved for sacred uses, such as to symbolize a peace agreement between opposing chiefs.


maile leiTraditional maile lei, often used today for weddings and other special ceremonies.



The plumeria lei (made from plumeria flowers), along with the orchid flower lei are the most common leis worn today. Leis are often used as a symbol to welcome friends and family.

plumeria leiPlumeria Flower Lei

orchid leiOrchid Flower Lei

Hawaiian Word of the Week:       E Komo Mai

Translation:    welcome, come-in

Pronunciation:    eh-koh-moh-my-ee