The Lei is a classic symbol of openness and welcoming in Polynesian culture. Though it is best known as a flower necklace given to tourists who visit Hawaii. Of course, the problem with the real thing is that it starts to decompose relatively quickly. It’s also hard to do if you don’t have the right flowers. So, for mainlanders who want to host an in-costume luau, there are these purple pearlized leis.
They look like the real thing, but they are made from special synthetic materials. This means it won’t rot, and you can use it for Hawaiian-themed pig roasts or even as decorations that you store in your school’s costume prop department.