From welcome flowers presented upon arrival, to Tahitians wearing at least one flower everyday behind their ear or in their hair, to the “language of flowers” that expresses marital status, flowers are a part of daily life and legend and lore on the islands of Tahiti. Profusely flowering plants, including the sweet-smelling “Tiare Tahiti,” are plentiful on the islands and are commonly used to craft a "hei" or floral crown. Led by savvy local staff, guests will learn how to use only long leaves to braid a base of the crown before decorating it with blossoms such as tiare and hibiscus. Tahitians are master weavers and thanks to the hotel’s guests can also learn how to make a hat from the inner leaves of coconut trees. These brimmed hats are made using fresh green leaves that dry and harden into a lighter colored hat that can be worn for years to come.