From weddings to graduations, memorials to grand openings, or simply to share some aloha, leis are the perfect gift for any occasion. There is such a wide variety of lei it's impossible to display them all but with the Leis for Days Limited Edition Print, the vibrant colors and the beautiful variety of flowers are more than enough to remind you of that memorable lei giving occasion or a simple day where aloha is shared.
This limited edition print is inspired by Mayan Llanera's graduation day. She has felt so much love and aloha from all the leis she received on her graduation day that she wanted to share that to others through her art. She wanted to memorialize that day by creating "Leis for Days".
Leis for Days Limited Edition Prints are only available for 50 (8x10in) and 50 (11x14in) authenticated prints worldwide. Each print will be signed by Mayan Llanera and numbered from 1-50.
In the delightful islands of Hawaii, everyone wears lei. The lei custom was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by early Polynesian voyagers, who took an incredible journey from Tahiti, navigating by the stars in sailing canoes. With these early settlers, the lei tradition in Hawaii was born.
A lei is a common symbol of love, friendship, celebration, honor, or greeting. In other words, it is a symbol of "Aloha". In Hawaii, you’ll find leis everywhere—graduations, parties, dances, weddings, and even at the office! No one can avoid the vibrant colors, the intoxicating fragrances, or the beautiful tradition of Hawaii’s most recognized icon, the flower lei.
Leis were constructed of flowers, leaves, shells, seeds, nuts, feathers, and even bone and teeth of various animals.
There are very few “unspoken rules” when it comes to wearing a Hawaiian lei. Anyone can wear one, anytime – there need not be an occasion. It is perfectly fine for one to purchase or make a lei for themselves. It is common for locals to have a nut, seed or shell lei on hand to wear on special occasions. And hats are often adorned with flower, fern or feather leis. A lei should be a welcomed celebration of one person’s affection to another. Therefore, always accept a lei, never refuse. It is considered rude to remove a lei from your neck in the presence of the person who gave it to you, so if you must, be discreet.
Since May 1, 1928, Hawaii has celebrated every May first as it’s official “Lei Day.” Hawaiians call it “May Day.” The flower lei is celebrated passionately on May Day with Hula, parades, and music. On May Day, most parents request to take a day off of work so they can watch their children participate in May Day festivities and programs at school. Everyone in Hawaii is encouraged to wear a lei on May Day.