The indigenous people of Hawaii still embrace this unique spirit today. Despite being forgotten for many years, their cultural heritage is now enjoying a renaissance. The locals teach us how to create ‘leis’, the famous ‘garland chains’ worn around people’s necks. The flower makers in Honolulu’s Chinatown store them in refrigerators to preserve their freshness and stunning fragrances.
They explain that the ‘leis’ – depending on the placing of the flowers – have a different symbolic significance. As we explore further, we try to pick up a few fragments of ancient Hawaiian that can now be heard on the streets.