Lei Po‘o

This is a picture at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, of a statue wearing a lei po‘o on her head.
photo from: Kauila Team; photo gallery

In Hawaiian lei po‘o means head lei. The word lei translated is flower necklace. Leis vary in size and colors because there are many different types of flowers you can put on a lei. Po‘o means head. A lei po‘o is a flower necklace worn on the head. They are worn during hulas (Hawaiian dancing), and also during ceremonial events.

Bible Scripture
Numbers 31:50
So we have brought as an offering to the LORD the gold articles each of us acquired—armlets, bracelets, signet rings, earrings and necklaces—to make atonement for ourselves before the LORD."

‘Ōlelo No‘eau - Wise Saying
Lei Makahiki i ka ua kokoula.
Makahiki wears a wreathe of rainbow-hued rain.


Akana, Moana. Personal interview. 25 November 2005.

Ebert, Samuel H, and Mary Kawena Pukui. Hawaiian Dictionary. University of Hawaii Press: Honolulu, 1986. 

Pukui, Mary Kawena. Olelo No'eau. Honolulu, HI: Bishop Museum Press, 1983.