Big Island of Hawaii

Traditional Airport Lei Greeting on Kona Hawai'i

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Traditional Airport Lei Greeting on Kona Hawaii

From $51.31

Price varies by group size

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 15 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Embrace the island spirit as soon as you arrive on the Big Island with a fresh flower lei greeting at Kona International Airport. Soak up the sweet scent of the local symbol of love and friendship, made from island orchids. Enjoy your choice of single- or triple-strand leis, or upgrade to the deluxe package for honeymooners.
  • Fresh flower lei greeting at the Kona International Airport (KOA)
  • Professional meet and greet assistance upon arrival
  • Enjoy the symbol of love and friendship and true Hawaiian welcoming
  • Multiple lei options available!

What's Included

  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • Lei Greeting ONLY
  • Airport transportation
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Kona International Airport
    73-200 Kupipi St, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA

    Please look for your lei greeting representative just outside of the terminal area, en-route to baggage claim, holding a sign with your name on it

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

The history of the lei dates back to the ancient Hawaiians, who wore native flowers, braided leaves, shells, feathers, stones and bones to beautify themselves. They often offered these garlands to each other and to their gods as a symbol of love and friendship.

Look for your lei greeter once you stroll past security at Kona International Airport on the Big Island. Enjoy a warm, Aloha welcome while a fresh strand of orchids is placed around your neck. Inhale the sweet fragrance and make the immediate switch into relaxation mode for the beginning of your trip.

For honeymooners, upgrade to the deluxe package to include two, ornate orchid leis.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Multiple flights for one order will not be adhered; it is one order per flight
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • You must include flight information. Failure to do so may result in a $10 late fee.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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We really enjoyed being met with leis at the Kona airport. The leis were beautiful and the person who brought them friendly and helpful. There was no problem when our flight was delayed a bit. It felt like a great Hawaiian welcome!


73 reviews
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Great welcome to Hawaii!
Jim_H, Mar 2024
This was a terrific way to arrive in Hawaii! Very easy and the leis were beautiful, no stress or hassle.
Hawaiian Aloha
Don_I, Jul 2023
It was great getting the flower lei greeting. The flowers were of a very high quality and the gentleman meeting us was friendly and definitely demonstrated the spirit of aloha.
Lei greasing
Dave_J, Jun 2023
Very enjoyable to receive our Lei’s upon arrival to this amazing island. Really was very easy to locate the representative who met us
The family had a very...
josephine_c, May 2023
The family had a very excellent experience we see this always on TV and we’re happy to have it done for us
Wonderful lei greeting
Rebecca_B, Jan 2023
We really enjoyed being met with leis at the Kona airport. The leis were beautiful and the person who brought them friendly and helpful. There was no problem when our flight was delayed a bit. It felt like a great Hawaiian welcome!
Must have for your vacation!
Ashley_A, Dec 2022
This is an absolute must have for your family vacation! Our family of 5 with 3 young kids loved this! It was so perfect! And when our flight was delayed for the next day the company made the reservations change so they could accommodate us! So grateful!
The leis are beautiful...
Jenny_G, Oct 2022
The leis are beautiful and smell great! They almost feel cool on the back of your neck too. Only lasted for the day.
Beautiful Lei
Stephanie_S, Sep 2022
Met us right inside the baggage claim area, sign was easy to read. I was a little disappointed that we were the only ones getting lei’d but that’s everybody else’s loss!
Great experience!
Gretchen_E, Sep 2022
This was a great experience for my family! Our host greeted us with a sign - I asked my college-aged daughter “isn’t that your name?” She was floored! Wife enjoyed the experience too. Son was a bit embarrassed at first but quickly got over it. Host was very help in helping us find our way around airport afterwards! And I got to tell them that we could all say we got lei’d in Hawaii. 😉🙄😂
Great surprise.
Wanda_L, Aug 2022
It was a great surprise for my family. They loved the traditional greeting. We took the lei’s back and kept them in the fridge to keep them fresh.
It was important to our...
Joanne_S, Jul 2022
It was important to our family members to have the Hawaiian tradition of a Lei greeting when first visiting the island. The host was incredibly nice and wanted to make sure he was there when we landed. The leis were beautiful.
Honey Birthday celebration
Vivian_J, Jul 2022
Greeter was wonderful, would definitely recommend would just choose different flowers my lei is dying
Constance_B, Jul 2022
It was a awesome experience. My leis was so beautiful and smelled so good. I would definitely buy another one.
Just have to say I had a...
Caprice_A, Jul 2022
Just have to say I had a great time when we receive are lei my family wants to get off the plane thanks for the personal name for it person with their own personal name they loved it thanks again
Great experience
Anonymous, Jun 2022
They were waiting for us by baggage claim. Very easy to find. Great communication. Excellent experience. Highly recommend
A perfect greeting
Megan_V, Jun 2022
They were so sweet and the leis are wonderful! Our flight had to be diverted and we arrived late. They were super communicative via email and waited for us. They were so helpful and kind and the leis are fantastic.
Great experience and customer service
Brandi_C, Jun 2022
Everything went great! The company made sure to contact us prior to our trip to confirm everything! They were here at the airport waiting for us by baggage claim and were very friendly. I recommend. We wore our lei all day long. Its was so beautiful and made very well.
Lei after ground hold
Thomas_R, Jun 2022
We were on a ground hold at KOA for 40 min after landing, it was so nice to have the lei waiting! The lady was very nice!
Warm welcome
Regina_Y, Jun 2022
Wonderful greeting at the airport. Lovely Lei’s. Friendly and casual greeter. Easily found and made a great impression for my daughter.
JENNIFER_M, May 2022
I loved to see my family be surprised in getting some lei’s! They were beautiful!! The girl who had our lei’s was so nice and was making sure we were good!

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