• April 3 (Wednesday)
    Wili Lei Workshop with Master Lei Maker Jamie Kaohulani Detwiler
  • 7 pm • Honolulu Museum of Art School (Linekona) 1111 Victoria St. Room 201
    Guests are welcome—$3 workshop fee

    woman wearing head lei and wili lei

    The love of na lei runs deep for Jamie Detwiler. Her aunt, Marie McDonald, is the author of Ka Lei: The Leis of Hawai‘i. It is considered the authoritative source about lei. As a child, Jamie entered the annual City and County youth lei-making contest. She has been a judge for the past 15 years for the annual May Day Lei-Making contest at the Waikiki Shell. In 2010, she was crowned Lei Queen. She will also be among the panel of judges for this year’s contest.

    Jamie has an abundance of lei-related stories and information to share. After demonstrating how she creates a wili lei, (often mistakenly referred as a haku lei), we will have an opportunity to make lei—for yourself or to give to someone special. There’s no better time to learn to make a wili lei—right on time for May Day, Mother’s Day, and graduation season.

    Bring: scissors to cut plant stems, raffia (if you have it), $3 kit fee, flowers and greens to share that are appropriate for a head lei. Suggestions: bougainvillea (highly desired), bozu, ferns, moa, crown flower, ohia, balloon flower, begonia, dendrobium, hydrangea, ixora, joyweed, marigold, mickey mouse flower, dusty miller leaves, and zinnia. Please don’t feel obligated to purchase any flowers. In the interest of time, please make sure the flowers and leaves are washed and free of bugs. Optional: spray bottle for water, plastic tray for flowers and greens, clothespins, newspaper, and plastic bag to carry your lei home.