Lei convey heartfelt messages like, "Welcome," "Congratulations," "Good luck" and "I love you."
When I arrived at Honolulu Airport, my daughter presented me with the customary lei and a kiss.
* * Lei Etiquette * *
1. Don't wear it as a necklace. Drape the over your shoulders, half in front and half in back. Open lei are worn around the neck, with the ends gaping over the front in equal lengths
2. Never wear a lei before you give it to someone else. Hawaiians believe the lei absorbs your mana (spirit); if you give your lei away, you'll be giving away part of your essence.