Lei Aloha: Celebrating the Vibrant Flowers and Lei of Hawai‘i

Ten Speed: Crown. Apr. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781984860897. $32.50. CRAFTS
Stylist and lei expert Estes captivates with this book’s generous bursts of vivid photos of colorful, vibrant flowers native to the Hawaiian Islands. The book spotlights the symbolism of certain flowers and colors, while also delving into the deeper practices of the art and sacredness of lei making. Readers receive a thorough and detailed education about the Hawaiian Islands and how one gives, receives, and lets go of a lei. The Hawaiian language is peppered throughout, and the author’s family practices beckon to readers to learn more about this evocative sensory practice. One of the author’s aims is to continue the legacy of her Native Hawaiian grandmother, who was known for her intricate and stunning lei making. The author succeeds with this visual tribute, a treat for readers.
VERDICT General readers, historians, and flower lovers will enjoy this book’s ability to take them on a virtual visit to the islands of Hawai‘i, where they can learn about the rich heritage of the lei.
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