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Sold Out - An Evening of Lei Aloha

With author Meleana Estes! All proceeds from the event will be matched by Common Ground and donated to Maui fire relief efforts!

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Common Ground invites you to celebrate Meleana Estes' and her beautiful new book Lei Aloha: Celebrating the vibrant flowers and Lei of Hawaii

Join us for an evening of music, farm-crafted cocktails and amazing local food and hear the stories behind the making of Lei Aloha. Bring your copy or purchase one to get autographed by Meleana Estes.

When: Saturday August 12th, from 4 pm till 7pm

: Common Ground, 4900 Kuawa Road, Kilauea

What: Put on your favorite aloha entire and grab a refreshing drink and food from Japanese Grandma Café to listen to Meleana as she shares the stories behind her amazing book Lei Aloha. Pop-up shop from Banana Patch Pottery. Aloha Collection raffle in support of Kīpuka Kuleana

Music: Waipā Serenaders

Food: Available for purchase from Japanese Grandma's Café
Drinks: Wine, beer and Meleana designed signature cocktail available for purchase

Tickets: Sold Out - $10 -  Kids under 12 free.


Explore Hawaiian culture through the art of lei making with flower inspirations and gorgeous photography from stylist, fashion designer, and local island icon Meleana Estes.

Brimming with vibrant photos of the most famous flower garlands of Hawai’i—the lei—in dreamy island settings, Lei Aloha tells the story of the flowers, craftsmanship, and community of lei culture, offering a window into this beautiful world where life is a little slower, flowers are abundant, and personal connections run deep. Local style icon Meleana Estes continues the legacy of her native Hawaiian grandmother, who was well known for her intricate and stunning lei. Sprinkled throughout the book also are anecdotes about the fascinating history of flowers, lei, and island traditions.

Each chapter tells the story of a grouping of flowers and lei, such as plumerias for a sweet gathering of neighborhood keiki (kids), elegant strands of white and yellow ginger for a candle-lit party, or striking lei haku made for hula performances. It’s an easy craft for the homesteader with roots in a full backyard garden or the digital nomad who keeps her possessions in one suitcase and can pick up flowers on her travels. With evocative photos of vintage mu’umu’us, lush tropical gardens, lei-bedecked longboard surfers, striking tablescapes, and graceful hula dancers, Lei Aloha shares a side of the islands that only locals usually get to see.

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