A lei is a garland or wreath; in Hawaii, flower leis are given to guests upon arrival or departure as a gesture of affection. Different kinds of Hawaiian leis have different meanings, and are therefore used in different ways to honor the wearer. Plumeria and orchid leis are the most popular, presented to visitors arriving on the isles and tourists at luaus as a way of saying "hello." Maile leis are woven from a fragrant vine or shrub found in rain forests; these open-ended leaf leis were prized by Hawaiian royalty and worn at special occasions as a mark of respect. Kukui nut leis were once reserved only for royalty; now, thanks to the magic of the credit card and the miracle of manufacturing, you may wear one too, but you should be mindful of the dignity and responsibility that comes with it. Mahalo leis are especially lush and soft floral leis, presented as a sign of thanks. Our polyester flower leis don't offer the scent of orchids, plumeria, or maile vine, but they're made to look almost like the real thing at a price you can afford. Durable and reusable, they never droop or shed, remaining firm and bright all luau long. For the budget-minded luau host, we also furnish "poly" leis — solid or multi-colored strings of polyester fabric or plastic crumpled for an organic floral look. They're available in assortments ranging from 3 to over 100. Tinsel leis are a budget option as well — attractive faux floral strings accented with glittering tinsel that captures the flame of the Tiki light.