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We're excited to let you know that your tropical escape for 2024 in the heart of KC awaits!


Save the dates for Lei Away, September 20-22! 


Most events will take place in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, with HITIDES Coffee serving as our event HQ again. 


We plan for vendors, seminars, and great food and drink, all in celebration of the island getaway! 


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Lei Away is a one-of-a-kind, immersive weekend experience that celebrates the tropical splendor within the Midwest and beyond. 


We strive to create a community where everyone can enjoy the beauty of the tropics while celebrating the culture and true spirit of the islands. Sip on crafted cocktails while taking in themed music, live art exhibitions, vendors, and delicious foods…all designed to whisk you away to your unforgettable mini-vacation! 


We have a few of our Lei Away mugs left!

Designed by our own, Johnny Dawbarn, this 12oz custom mug was produced locally with the help of several artisans.


There is a limited number of each of the two current colorways - the blush and aqua. We plan to release new color ways later on. There is a one per color, per person limit. Use this link to order mugs:

The Lei Away Mission and the Spirit of Ohana

From the event’s inception, the Lei Away team has had a focus on supporting and representing the Polynesian community, here in the Kansas City area and beyond. We have local Polynesian makers, musicians, dancers, videographers, and food vendors participating in the event. 

HITIDES and Collective EX, led by owner and Lei Away Creative Director, Johnny Dawbarn, is proudly committed to partnering with companies in Hawaii to provide ingredients and floral products for their business. 


A portion of the proceeds from Lei Away will be going toward a scholarship for the local Polynesian community in Kansas City, connected to the organization doing the dance performance on Saturday evening, Kona Winds. We will also be raising funds to support the recent tragedy in Maui. We will confirm details and make more announcements about these endeavors soon. 


We hope you’ll join us at Lei Away, in the spirit of Ohana…the spirit of family…and a celebration of the beauty and splendor of tropical locales, right here in land-locked Kansas City. 

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