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Each child must be registered by parent with a completed and signed official entry form on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Kauai Museum 4428 Rice Street, Lihue starting at 9:00am. Children are able to create their own lei in a supervised area. Ages 5 and under may be accompanied by one adult. Ages 6-17 will need to start and finish lei(s) on their own.  Once a child is finished they are accompanied back to their parent outside at the registration area.

Lei Contest Rules

1. Only natural plant materials may be used; limited to flowers, leaves, stems, roots, and fruits.


2. Use of endangered plants, mokihana or maile are prohibited and will be disqualified.


3. Leis must be made in one of the following Hawaiian methods:

Haku: Braiding of fern, ti leaf, hau fiber, etc. to which flowers, leaves, and/or fruit may be added.

Hili: Braiding or weaving a single plant material.

Humupapa: Plant material sewn or stitched to a foundation of dried banana fiber, lauhala, ti leave or other similar natural material.

Kui: Plant material are strung together using a kui or needle through the center or side.

Kipu`u: The stems of leaves are knotted together to make a chain. No cordage, needle, nor backing is used.

Wili: Plant material is secured to a backing of ti leaf, lauhala, dry banana fiber etc. or other suitable natural material and wound with fiber or thread around the plant material and backing.


4. Neck lei must be 30 inches long. Lei must be wearable.


5. Hat lei must be between 22 inches and 24 inches. Lei must be wearable.


6. Contest judges decision is final. Prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges at 11:00am Award Ceremony.


7. All Keiki lei entries will be displayed for viewing at 11:00am-11:30am.

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