kui (“to string”) + lei (“lei”) = "lei stringer". It can also metaphorically mean "one who brings or raises the child".
- A female given name, sometimes also given to men.
- Name of cliffs in Honolulu.
- Mary Kawena Pukui - Samuel H. Elbert - Esther T. Mookini, Place Names of Hawaii, University of Hawaii Press 1974
- Hawaii State Archives: Marriage records Kuilei occurs in 19th century marriage records as the only name (mononym) of 3 women and 2 men.