Want another website that has even BETTER photos and a tutorial? Check out haku-lei.com, created by one of the best lei makers I know, S. Arita!
"How to Haku," is a bit misleading. What most of us mean when we say haku lei is actually a lei po'o, a lei for the head. And most of those lei are made using the wili, or winding, method. The haku method involves using ti leaves as the base and creating a braid that holds the flowers. You will find photos of haku lei on the Finished Lei page.
This website is primarily for teaching the wili method, as it is easy to understand and learn.. A workshop or someone to teach you is one of the best ways to learn, and those are offered sometimes through the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu Museum of Art, Lyon Arboretum, your local (Hawaii) community parks and recreation programs, and some stores. A search for "haku lei class" will produce a fine list, depending on the time of year..
Learning to make these lei will involve practicing. If you're not making lei but would like to know which plants are useful, please see our Plants page.
If you want to be inspired, check out the May Day celebrations in Honolulu. There are lei contests and several displays, as well as year-round activity on the Annual Lei Day Celebration Facebook page.
The "How to Haku" team