Maile leis are rare and considered the most precious of all leis. The native Hawaiian vine, with shiny fragrant leaves and bark grows in the upland forest. The long lasting lei is made of the stems and leaves in an open ended horse shoe fashion reaching from around the neck to the legs.
In old Hawaii Maile was used for peace treaties. Rival chiefs would meet in a heiau (temple) to weave a Maile lei. After completing the lei peace was declared.
Maile is also considered sacred to Laka, the Hawaiian Goddess of Hula. To honor Laka, Maile is offered at her altar during hula dances.
At weddings Maile leis are often used as a symbol of eternal love.
Maile is a Menehune pepe (baby). Surrounded by her Ohana’s (family's) Aloha (love), she sleeps contently in her coconut cradle sucking on her thumb.
Maile wears a Maile Lei (native Hawaiian vine) around her neck which in Hawaii represents the umbilical cord to the spiritual world. Maile is only 3 months old. She just left the spiritual world and her memory and connection to her origin are very strong. The deep inner knowing that she is always taken care of fills her with trust and love.