Quinnipiac University

Lei Making

Starts April 6, 2023 at 6:00 PM (ET)

Ends April 6, 2023 at 8:00 PM (ET)

Location Carl Hansen Student Center SC 133 Piazza

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 Kumu Leilehua Yuen says, “A lei is not just flowers strung on a thread. A lei is a tangible representation of aloha in which symbols of that aloha are carefully sewn or woven together to create a gift. This gift tells a story of the relationship between the giver and the recipient. Many things can make up a lei. One can string flowers, seeds, shells, or berries into a lei. One can weave vines and leaves into a lei. One can weave words into a poem or song, which is then a lei. The ultimate expression of a lei is kama lei—the child which represents the intertwining of aloha between the parents.”We will be brining in authentic lei making kits, instruction materials, shipped from Hawai'i. We will also be catering from Leilani's Ono Grindz tradition Hawaiian food. We find this event is important in that it creates dialogue through action, creating spaces for indigenous perspectives. The ideology tied to lei making is a deep rooted practice within indigenous diaspora.

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