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Lei Greeting...

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Lei Greeting...

It is my husbands first time to Hawaii, and I would love to arrange a lei greeting for our party (6 of us traveling). How do I go about doing this?

Thanks!

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I'd try googling in something like "maui lei greeting"....

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SK - keep in mind that most resort/hotels will greet you with a lei. Personally, I don't think the lei greetings are such a great idea. You're messing with your luggage, the car, you're tired ... and the lei will be pretty beat up by the time you get to your hotel.

I guess in earlier times, the airlines greeted their guests with a lei ... no more. I don't know that it is practical, but that is my 2 cents.

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leigreeting.com

Lots of people get greetings, yes you can get them cheaper on your own but it is a wonderful way to begin your trip.

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Bill, do you have personal experience with these people? I have had some friends ask me who to use ... they want a lei greeting for their trip in the summer.

Anyone know if there are any companies in Maui that are allowed to meet you at the GATE rather than at Baggage Claim?

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IMO, this is a non-event. You exit the secure area of the airport and find a row of workers carrying name signs. Some are limo drivers. Some are there to drop lei on people. I don't feel that there is anything lovely or exciting or romantic about this. The lei gets in the way as you scurry around, collect luggage and get to your lodgings. Then it gets put into the fridge. End of story.

Now, if YOU buy lei on the QT and present them to your family before, say, your first dinner on Maui...that would be special. They could wear the lei throughout the evening. It would be festive and fun and make for some memorable photos.

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Aloha!

I have used and had good experiences with Aloha Reservations.

1-800-367-5183.

Bryan Brown

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7. Re: Lei Greeting...

konagirl - we used them years ago and yes it was very nice.

The nice thing about this forum is you can get different opinions. Some people think it is cheesy or expensive or whatever but it is your money and it is what you would like to do. If people didn't use the services they would have gone bust years ago. I just think it is a great way to begin a vaction (probably for most one of a lifetime not an annual event).

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8. Re: Lei Greeting...

BB, agree -- I have generally had the great fortune of having a friend meet me with a lei, which is of course, more personal. But I can certainly understand why people want to start their vacation this way ... it is definitely something people think of in terms of a Hawaii vacation.

I have sent along the recommendation and also checked out the leis ... I notice they have some with tuberose, which smell great, and also the kukui nut leis for guys.

Also, I have to say that 'buying yourself a lei for $5 at the grocery' just isn't the same!! Now, that's a good way to take one home. But not to start out your vacation!

Will let you know if I hear a review from my friends ...Thanks!

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Hi Smitten Kitten,

I think a lei greeting is a wonderful idea! I surprised my husband with one when we went to Hawaii in July 07 to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. The company I chose had a woman with a personalized congratulatory sign greet us at the gate, give us our leis, escort us to baggage claim, and help us locate our luggage. I also arranged through the company for a limo to our hotel, so she escorted us outside to the waiting limo.

It wasn't terribly expensive, either, but my husband's reaction was priceless! This is the company's site: http://www.leigreeting.com. There is nothing cheesy about it. It is a warm and welcoming gesture.

We are going back in 2008 to celebrate my mother's birthday, and we're going to arrange for the same experience for her!

-C

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10. Re: Lei Greeting...

Our lei greetings were a-u-t-o-m-a-t-i-c when i booked our trip thru Triple A.

cant wait to see my teens get one when they get off the plane.

Gotta have the lei!

(was wondering how to preserve other than frig. o well, photos i guess.)

Aloha and Happy New Year!