Ever need a rabbit's foot for good luck but don't want the bloodshed? Try a Hawaiian Ti leaf instead! Folklore teaches that they bring good luck and ward off evil lurking nearby. If you take a trip to the islands, you'll see them planted in every homestead for that purpose. They also come in handy to make the traditional hula skirts, leis, and necklaces for the same reason! If you find a single leaf in someone's pocket, they say it's better than a rabbit's foot.
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The Ti plant was first brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers. It can be found in tropical Southeast Asia and Pacific wetlands. The number of ways the leaves can be used is staggering: roof thatching, food wrapping, clothing like skirts and sandals, cattle feed, dishes, medicine, liquor, even sleds for kids! Hawaiians plant ti around their homes for good luck, for the leaves are sometimes worn to scare off the oogie-boogies and attract the good spirits. Sacred to the god Lono and the goddess Laka, the leaves are still used in spiritual ceremonies and rituals today.