This lei was accepted into the Beaverton Arts Commission 2012 Visual Arts Showcase that runs from November 3rd to 11th, 2012. It was my first time I submitted my feather work to an Arts Showcase.
The Lei ‘Ōkole‘oi‘oi (Marigold) uses both the Wili Poepoe and Lei Kāmoe styles to create the Lei ‘Ōkole‘oi‘oi.
This lei is meant to mimic the fruit of the hala (pandanus) tree. This lei was completed in 2012.
Funny story about the first red rosebud lei I made. I was finishing it on my flight back to Portland from Hawai’i in November 2009. An older gentleman passed me as he was walking down the aisle of the airplane … Continue reading
This Lei Humu Papa took about 5 years to complete and was finished in 2011. Each feather is hand stitched with 4 stitches and there are 5 feathers to create the width. Each feather is separated and grouped depending on which way it curves – to the right, to the left or straight. It is then stitched in the appropriate order.
I have been blessed to be a student of the late Mary Louise Kaleonahenahe Kekuewa and Paulette Nohealani Kahaleuna since 2003. Aunty Mary Lou was known as a master of feather artwork. Since her passing, her daughter Paulette has taken over the shop and continues to share her passion of feather artwork to those that inquire at their shop on Kapahulu on the island of O‘ahu. Every time I travel to Hawai‘i, I make a point to take at least one class at Na Lima Mili Hulu No‘eau.
The first project that I finished was an ‘ulī‘ulī (a gourd rattle, containing seeds with colored feathers at the top, used for the hula ʻulīʻulī). Each feather is measured and hand cut to 4 inches. Once all the feathers are cut, each feather is hand stitched with four stitches to muslin fabric. Each feather is placed about 1/16th of an inch from the previous feather. The ‘ulī‘ulī I made has two rows of stitched feathers and kapa in the center.