|Orchids, Ti leaf and strung Tuberose|
As a hula dancer, I was taught to make my own lei as part of our lole, or costume. All dancers in my halau are required to gather and pick the components of the lei and put them together before the performance. We learned many techniques and how to used different flower and leaves. It must be well put together and very neat; able to withstand a few performances And it must look exactly how our kumu, or hula teacher demonstrated it to us.