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MAILEThe humble and sacred Maile plant silently speaks volumes. Its leaves are one of the oldest and most popular lei materials used in ancient Hawaii and its divine scent has many associations.
As Valentines day approaches we are reminded specifically of its roots in Hawaiian courtship and love.-In ancient times, during wedding ceremonies, a Kapuna (priest) would bind the hands of the bride and groom together with a strand of maile to symbolize their commitment and union. Woman could also deposit one on the doorstep of the man she hoped to marry, boldly announcing her intentions to her beloved and the entire village.
These leis still symbolize enduring devotion and today are most commonly seen worn open-ended on grooms and groomsmen.
However, Maile is also associated with Laka, the goddess of hula, which is why you will see many variations of this lei on both male and female hula dancers.