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The Perfect Hawaiian Lei: Part 2 (The Menehunenecktomy)


A lei is a necklace of fresh flowers, leaves, shells or feathers given as a symbol of affection. Miss Menehune has two staples embedded into each side of her thick composition plastic neck that affix in place a tight loop of thread. They look Frankensteinian but hard to see. That’s where the ends of the lei needed to go. Luckily, I had a 5-0 Nylon suture, a needle holder, scissors and jewelers’ forceps from my other line of work. Ten minutes later and a few properly placed suture knots she was good as new. I enjoyed the challenge and process in restoring this store display.