Being a CPA in Hawaii, we are well acquainted with the history and custom of the lei. But seeing how many of you aren’t lucky enough to call one of our islands home, we thought we’d share some history and etiquette with you! It will come in handy on your next visit!
History of the Hawaiian Lei
The lei custom was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by early Polynesian voyagers, who took a journey from Tahiti. With these early settlers, the lei tradition in Hawaii was born. The original leis were constructed of flowers, leaves, shells, seeds, nuts, feathers, and even bone and teeth of various animals. In Hawaiian tradition, these garlands were worn to beautify themselves. Among other sacred uses, it was used to signify a peace agreement between opposing chiefs.
An Island Hello!
Today, the lei is the symbol of Hawaii for the millions of visitors worldwide. During the “Boat Days” of the early 1900s, travelers were greeted at the pier at Aloha Tower to welcome malihini (visitors) to the islands and kama’aina (locals) back home.
There are very few “rules” when it comes to wearing a Hawaiian lei. Anyone can wear one, anytime – no special occasion is necessary.
While there aren’t any “formal rules”, there are a couple of “unspoken rules” that should be respected. * A lei should be a welcomed celebration, therefore, always accept a lei, never refuse.
*The proper way to wear a lei is gently draped over the shoulders, hanging down both in front and in back.
*It is considered rude to remove a lei from your neck in the presence of the person who gave it to you, so if you must, be discreet.
Did you know Hawaii is home to over 19 state forests, 52 state parks, and features some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world? What other facts do you know about Hawaii? Did you know the state motto of Hawaii is “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness” (Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono)? Being a CPA in Hawaii allows us to learn more and more about this beautiful state, and at Michael J. Yuda, CPC, LLC., we like to share these wonderful facts with you. Below are some more fun facts about Hawaii:
- The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are home to over 7,000 marine species, most of which are found nowhere else in the world.
- The island of Kauai is home to the wettest spot on Earth. With an average yearly rainfall on Mt. Waialeale of 397 inches.
- Hawaii has the highest life expectancy for residents than anywhere else in the U.S.
- The ocean temperature in Hawaii varies from 72 degrees in the winter to a bathtub-esque 82 degrees in the summer.
- Hawaii is known as the “Aloha State” and also the “Paradise of the Pacific”.
- Famous Hawaiians include Bette Midler, Don Stroud, Don Ho, Jack Johnson, and Barack Obama.
Hawaii is a fascinating state with an interesting history, and wide array of colorful people and culture. Being a CPA in Hawaii is a joy every day, and learning the rich history of this beautiful island is an absolute pleasure. Every now and then, we like to have a little fun over at Yuda.com! The following are a few interesting facts about Hawaii:
- The Hawaiian Islands were originally settled by Polynesian immigrants, but was unknown to the Europeans until James Cook landed here in 1778.
- Hawaii officially became known as the “Aloha State” in 1959.
- Hawaii is home to the only royal residence in the United States, the Iolani Palace.
- Hawaii is home to the largest number of endangered species in the USA.
- The Kilauea Volcano, located on the Big Island of Hawaii, is one of the largest and most active volcanos on Earth.
- The Big Island is home to one of the world’s biggest telescopes, and has more observatories in one location than anywhere else in the world.
- Hawaii is the only state that grows and harvests coffee!
- Hawaii is the only U.S. state whose land area is increasing (from volcanic eruptions.)
Being a CPA in Hawaii has its advantages! Being able to enjoy the beautiful Hawaiian Islands on a daily basis is a dream come true. It seems that some people know very little about Hawaii besides what they see on TV, but Hawaii is a state that is rich with history and wonderment. Here are some more amazing facts about Hawaii:
- Honulu is the nations 11th largest metropolitan area.
- Hawaii is home to the world’s tallest mountain. When measured from its base at the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain.
- There are 5 navigable rivers in Hawaii: Waialua, Waimea, Hanape’pe, Lumahai and Hanalei.
- The Island of Maui is home to the world’s largest dormant volcano, Haleakala Crater.
- The world’s most active volcano, the Kilauea volcano, is the most active volcano in the world.
- Hawaii is the world’s leading producing of macadamia nuts.
- From east to west, Hawaii is the widest state.
- Honolulu is around 1,500 miles long.
- Hawaii is the 42nd most populous state.
- Hawaii is the only state in the entire United States that has continuously growing borders. The regular eruption of Mt. Kilauea is the contributing force behind the states growing borders.