SAN DIEGO — Did you know there is meaning behind what ear a flower is placed on in the Hawaiian culture? Just like rings on the mainland, if you wear a flower behind your left ear, it means you are married, taken, have a significant other, or maybe you just don't want anyone bothering you. If you wear a flower behind your right ear, it means you are single, available, and approachable.

When it comes to lei’s there are very few “rules.” Anyone can wear one, anytime - there doesn't need to be a specific occasion. It is perfectly fine for one to purchase or make a lei for themselves. It is common for locals to have a nut, seed or shell lei on hand to wear on special occasions.

There are, however, a couple of "unspoken rules" one should know when receiving a lei for the first time. A lei should be a welcomed celebration of one person's affection for another. Therefore, always accept a lei, never refuse. The proper way to wear a lei is gently draped over the shoulders, hanging down both in front and in back. It is considered rude to remove a lei from your neck in the presence of the person who gave it to you, so if you must, be discreet.

Tyson Camaro, owner of Leilani’s Attic and Leilanis Lei’s, and lei makers, Sophie and Jen stopped by Morning Extra to show how to make these gorgeous gifts.  

Purchase your perfect lei, here. Each purchase of a lei helps fund scholarships for Polynesian youth!

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