Last month, I had the opportunity to attend an amazing event with a group called Well Women Hawaii, a community of women committed to wellness, connection, and whole-hearted living. I stumbled across this little group through instagram, crazily enough! As much as I go back and forth between loving and hating social mediaI (because sometimes I feel like it is a scary black hole sucking me in), I am so thankful that it provided me the opportunity not only to attend this event, but to meet so many beautifully creative women!
The event was a little spin off of Valentine’s Day and was appropriately named Galentine’s Day. Love it! The premise of the event, along with connecting with other women, was to learn how to make the beautiful lei’s that have become very popularized as of lately. Otherwise known as “flower crowns”, these traditional Hawaiian headdresses are actually called lei po’o, or head lei. They are traditionally worn during hulas or ceremonial events. They are so incredibly beautiful and intricate which had me believing I could never EVER create one of my own! But I thought I would give it a shot. I absolutely love trying new things and learning new skills, and this was a perfect opportunity!
We were led by an amazingly talented woman, Kelli, who not only gave us a step by step demonstration, but also gave us the depth of history and culture behind them. BUT, before we got to the actual making of the leis… we feasted. (Because what is a gathering without a plethora of delicious food, am I right?!)
The spread of food was magnificent. Many times when I attend an event, I come expecting to not be able to eat much, having so many dietary restrictions and sensitivities. (So you better believe I have a stash of snacks in my bag just in case…) But I kid you not, almost every single item on the table was Tessa friendly!
They created a beautiful toast bar with toppings and spreads galore–each more delicious than the next. There were avocados, sprouts, seeds a plenty, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, and all different kinds of beautiful veggies! They also had sweet toppings like peanut butter, coconut, and nutella! And for the gluten free babes like myself they had gluten free, VEGAN wraps that were out of this world! Also, can we talk about the RAW donuts that Emma made? Yeah, we can, because they were so delicious! She shared the recipe with us and I am beyond excited to try them out for myself.
Here are some amazing pictures captured at the event, courtesy of miss Emma, our fearless leader.
After we were done feasting like queens, Kelli began her demonstration. It was so much fun seeing her passion for the culture and sharing it all with us. I absolutely love seeing and hearing other people’s passion for what they do, and Kelli’s was so tangible! After she gave her instructions and brief history lesson, we all gathered up our desired flowers and greenery that we wanted for our leis. We sat on cute little picnic blankets out on the grass and began the process.
It was so incredible to see these beautiful creations coming to life right in our own two hands. When I started it, I never imagined it turning out the way that it did and coming together so well. My hands are capable of so much more than I give them credit for! But, truly, seeing everyone else’s leis was my favorite part, as each one was so beautiful and unique and creative! Seeing each girl’s personality displayed in her lei was so special, and seeing the passion and love that went into each one was amazing.
Reveling in our accomplishments, we laughed, chatted, and took TONS of photos to showcase our creations! It was so much fun sharing this experience with so many new faces and friends!
So thankful for such an amazing event, and for the opportunity to learn something new & creative! And now that I know how to make these, I am going to be making one for my sweet friend, whose bridal shower I am throwing on Saturday! Perfect timing. Now let’s just hope I can remember how to do this, and put my new knowledge to good use! I’ll keep you posted… fingers crossed!
In any case, I encourage you to find something new that you have wanted to learn or something you have wanted to try out! It feels so amazing to cultivate those feelings of curiosity and turn them into something tangible and beautiful. What a gift.