Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes our unique necklace lei, hat bands, bracelets, and earrings all uniquely handcrafted on Maui. We reinterpret traditional Hawaiian Lei using a vast assortment of glass and natural beads, silk, hemp and other natural fibers using a wide array of braiding techniques and inspirations from across the globe.
Picasso is one of the most treasured bead finishes in jewelry making designs These “marbelized” glass beads are named after the artist Picasso, and originated in Japan (Miyuki Bead Company) and later on in The Czech Republic. Each bead is unique with a random painted earth tone motif. Necklaces and bracelets braids are made using a variety of Picasso beads in a variety of braiding configurations, and can be made using 8, 12, or 16 strands of fiber with beads.