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Make your own masterpiece for May Day

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    Colleen Wilcox photographed the finished lei. Haku and wili lei can be worn on the head or around the neck.

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    Meleana Estes trims raffia from Lau’s lei.

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    Colleen Wilcox perused the flowers and greens available in Meleana Estes’ lei workshop last month at Paiko. Some of the flowers and all the ferns were from Estes’ yard, and others were provided by Paiko, which sources locally when possible.

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    Meleana Estes started her lei with raffia, using it to wrap her greens and flowers together.

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    Bliss Lau, left, Nicole Kam, Jennifer Luke, Raynette Aggabao and Colleen Wilcox assembled their lei in a workshop led by Meleana Estes last month at Paiko botanical boutique in Kakaako.

Fashions come and go, but fresh floral lei are perennially stylish in Hawaii, where May Day is always lei day and lei are given for special celebrations or just to say “I love you.” Read more

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