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).
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