Here’s how to keep your Hawaiian fresh flower lei fresh, so you can wear it more than one evening. You’ll have to plan ahead to do this!
How to keep your Hawaiian flower lei fresh
- Pack a gallon zip-close plastic bag or disposable plastic containers.
- Soak a paper towel, or several pieces facial tissue, until they are almost dripping. Place the wet toweling in the bottom of your container.
- Add your lei loosely, taking care not to crush the flowers. Close the bag.
- Put the container in your room refrigerator. Make sure to put it away from the top; sometimes things freeze at the top of a mini-fridge. At some hotels you might have to request a room refrigerator before check-in. The Hyatt Maui Resort and Spa has not just one, but two refrigerators in every room.
Plumerias, like the flower we saw floating on the grounds of a Maui resort – in the image below, are commonly used to make leis. Most of the ones we saw on our visit were made with dendrobian orchids, like the leis pictured hanging above.
The traditions of Hawaiian leis
My family paid for our own trip including accommodations, food, and entertainment. I received no compensation for writing this post. Opinions are my own and may vary from your experience.