While sometimes called the maile flower, maile is actually a leaf made into leis. It is often worn open ended, but closed maile leis are also made. The maile lei is the most popular Hawaiian lei for its strong good looks and its long and proud tradition in Hawaii. The scientific name for the maile is Alyxia oliviformis, and maile is the Hawaiian name. The maile leaf is a dark green color, and the smell is a woodsy scent with a hint of vanilla and spice. This leaf is not dyed because it already has a deep green color that is sought after in leis. It is a delicate leaf that can stay fresh for three days when refrigerated. Excessive heat can cause a maile leaf lei to turn brown.
A fresh maile lei symbolizes devotion, friendship, peace, love, and respect. In Hawaiian history, the maile lei was known as the lei of royalty. In old Hawaii, Hawaiian priests (kahunas) used them to bind together a bride and groom’s hands to symbolize their union. A maile lei for sale may be made using the Hilo (twisting) method, and the leaves may be paired with the tuberose, pikake or white orchid to add white flowers to the garland. You can order maile leis for weddings, proms and graduations. Buy maile leis for grooms and for any man’s special occasion. Browse our beautiful leis below and order your special maile lei.
*For California customers, the ti leaf will be substituted because of agricultural restrictions.
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