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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 9, 2003

Pomp and circumstantially snackable

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Staff Writer

Lei you can eat — made from local goodies, or with snacks attached — are available for the coming graduation season.

The lei — also ideal as going-away omiyage — combine edibles with functional keepsakes.

Wabi-Sabi, an emporium of unusual local finds at 1223 Koko Head Ave., No. 4, in Kaimuki, has opened a "lei stand" with "good fun kine lei."

Among the seasonal arrivals:

  • Grant Kagimoto's Fortune Cookie Lei (pictured), a string of oversized fortune cookies containing messages of congratulations, good luck and good will. School-color bows are available. Cost: $12.
  • A "Holo Holo Lei," which includes an ID tag and snack-size portions of arare (rice crackers) and li hing mui, comes with this message: "Congratulations: You Are A-Rare person who is likely to Suck-Seed." Cost: $9.
  • A Lei-nard, a lanyard for keys or ID cards, accompanied by arare and li hing mui, with the same punny greeting. Cost: $8. Call 734-3693.