Lei Stands at Honolulu Airport

When I meet visitors at the airport I like greeting them with flower leis.  I stop at the airport lei stands and buy leis there.  When my parents came to visit last week my kids and I made our traditional stop before picking them up.
I often let my kids pick which leis to buy (within my target price range).  My boy always has to check out several of the stands before deciding on a purchase.  It’s pretty cute, unless I’m in a hurry.

I like to see the variety of leis and watch them being made.  When we stopped in last week one of the lei sellers was making this beautiful haku lei (a lei worn around the head like a garland).

To appreciate the fragrance of the leis you will have to check this place out yourself.  The tuberose and plumeria leis smell especially wonderful.

Do it yourself on Oahu:

Directions:  The lei stands are well marked when you drive to the airport.  Head towards arrivals until you see the sign for the lei stands on your left.

Hours:  Each lei stand has its own hours, but from talking to one of the vendors it sounds like you should have no problem purchasing a lei as early as 6am and as late as 10pm.

Parking:  Free parking directly in front of the lei sellers.

Prices:  Better than your local drugstore or grocery store.  Prices range from $5 to $20 or so.  Some vendors will bargain with you, especially if you are buying multiple leis.

Many people like to buy leis in Chinatown, but for me the convenience of the airport lei stands is hard to beat.  We stop here for leis for special occasions like graduations and birthdays too.

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Brie September 29, 2010 at 8:57 am

Good to know! I have family coming in Christmas and I want to make sure to greet them the way one should be greeted when they arrive! Thanks!

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Oahu Mom September 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Brie – You're welcome!

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Anna October 2, 2010 at 7:02 am

What a nice way to greet your visitors!

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Wanderluster October 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I love having a fresh lei throughout my time in HI. They smell so wonderful for so long and it's just so quintessential Hawaii!

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Amy August 14, 2012 at 5:35 am

Do you suggest the airport lei stands over other shops? I am getting married in October and it is difficult living on the mainland and deciding to order or wait and get them on the way in.

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