According to the Hawaiian tradition, leis are symbols of love and friendship given to others with a warm embrace and a kiss. Unlike flower leis, which eventually wither and fade, ribbon leis are treasured throughout the years as gifts of aloha that can last a lifetime. For this reason, beautiful and everlasting ribbon leis are a popular alternative to flower leis in the islands. With this first-ever easy-to-follow visual guide you can fashion your own ribbon leis from materials found at any craft store. Fifteen different ribbon lei designs are showcased – many are created to resemble local floral favorites such as pikake, ilima, hinahina, firecracker and white ginger. Each design is described in detail with step-by-step instructions and colorful photo illustrations.

Author: Jim Widess