They were making candy and money leis -or combination thereof. I am partial to the CANDY ones, although I never get a taste of any of the candy as it is mostly CHOCOLATE.
Here is one kind THEY made. Auntie BH found the pattern on http://lilluna.com/how-to-make-money-leis/
The candy lei was pretty easy but oddly more time consuming. This is what it looked like (and the pattern came from here http://www.guavarose.com/2013/05/kukui-nut-candy-lei/
Ultimately they combined to make a candy lei with money
Here I am "modeling" the finished lei
HAPPY THING #82: Graduation Leis