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On which side should you wear a flower in Hawaii?

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While a single person wears a flower above the right ear in Hawaii, a person in a committed relationship places it above the left ear. This is a signal that a person is either available or unavailable. The plumeria flower is native to Hawaii and is a popular choice to wear above the ear.

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Flowers are very important in Hawaiian culture. Another Hawaiian custom, which dates back to the Polynesians that came to these islands, involves the giving of a flower lei or garland. Leis are a symbol of welcome, affection or friendship. They can be made from leaves and flowers. However, there are etiquette rules that a person should follow if they are given one. If offered a lei, it is considered impolite not to accept it.

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