The other day when my friend from church, Cheryl, was talking with me about having some trees for me, we talked about lei-making. She told me you could make a lei with the seed pods of the white lead tree. I was excited to hear that, because white lead trees grow like weeds in Maui, and I think they’re ugly. If I can think of them as useful, that’ll make me like them more.
Yesterday when I came back out of my classroom to go home, there were lei ingredients on my windshield. Cool!
You roll the green seed pods, which are very flexible, then stick a toothpick through them. Once they’re brown and dry, you take out the toothpicks and thread a string through the toothpick holes.
She showed me a completed one that day we talked, and not only was it beautiful, it made a pleasant noise when the seeds rattled in the dried pods!