Akalei Designs reimagines traditional Hawaiian Lei using a vast array of glass and natural materials (e.g., shell, nuts, wood), and natural and synthetic fibers including silk, hemp, ribbon and other materials using braiding techniques and inspirations from Hawaii and the globe.
Akalei is a Hawaiian word for "bead reflections" which describes our unique necklace lei, bracelets, hat bands, and earrings all uniquely handcrafted on Maui
As a resident of Northern New Mexican for over 15 years I l have always loved the colors of the Southwest - blue skies, puffy white clouds, turquoise and coral jewelry, dry sage brush and the sight of mountain ranges. These are reminders that motivate me to create practical jewelry for woman and men using leather that incorporate Picasso Beads with earthy colors to create classic fashion jewelry designs. All these designs can be customized for your needs