Akalei Designs is Hawaii's only designer of handcrafted Kumihimo beaded Hawaiian Lei. With over 100 unique designs we were recently awarded “Best Beaded Lanyard” from The American Kumihimo Society (2023) for our complex braid structures. In addition our silk Hawaiian necklace is being showcased in a commercial for the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement Pop-Up Makēkē Market. And another positive compliment was three of our designs were selected in a juried art exhibit in Oahu by The Hawaiian Handweavers Hui. This public recognition reflects how our unique and high quality necklace lei are gaining attention. All our designs are handcrafted on Maui. We are unique in that we are able to incorporate aspects of floral lei into modern forever lei using glass beads with designs normally only seen in the shell lei made famous on the island of Ni’iHua (The Forbidden Island).
These beautiful beaded "Forever Lei" are made using a variety of white tones and textures (white, pearlized, glossy, transparent or matte). As you consider a wedding gift or plan a wedding consider these accessories. We specialize in necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. These beaded lei are handmade on Maui and come with your choice of magnetic end caps (silver, gold, bronze, pearl white). There truly is no other place in the world to purchase these unique Lei. Only through Akalei Designs will you find these exclusive Hawaiian Lei made using Japanese or Czech glass beads, fresh water cultured pearls, gemstones and nature's own materials (e.g., wood beads, shell, seeds).