Akalei Designs is Hawaii's primier designer of handcrafted Kumihimo beaded Hawaiian Lei. Recently featured in Maui on HI Now with POP-Up Mãkeke and Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. With hundreds of unique designs we were recently awarded “Best Beaded Lanyard” from The American Kumihimo Society (2023) for our complex braid structures. And another positive development in 2023 we had 3 designs selected for 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’ihau (The Forbidden Island).
Hawaiian Lillikoi Lei Necklace - Jade Green with Glossy Black Seed Beads - 20”
NOTE THIS IS BEING RECREATED June 2021
This handmade necklace is blend of Deep Green Jade Rizo beads and glass seed beads creating a the stunning Hawaiian Lei. The Green Jade section is 9" in length so it shows up well as an accent for many outfits. This forever lei necklace is finished with a powerful magnetic silver toned clasp (also extra grooves inside for a secure hold - simply twist to open) for a length of 20” long.
There are hundreds of beads precisely loaded onto 8 fiber braiding cords that are then woven together in a technique called “Kongo Gumi” or strong braid, with one bead at a time added and snuggled into the design to create this elegant necklace.
The weaving of beads requires many hours of braiding on a Japanese wooden stand called a “Marudai”. These necklaces feel wonderful to wear and require little to almost no care by using a clean dry towel every few months to keep dust free and bright. Due to the durability of the glass beads this necklace will last for years. You can also mix and match with different lengths of similar Lei or try the Forbidden Island inspired necklaces in that collection (see sample photo in this item).
Akalei Designs make great gifts for woman, girls, men and even your favorite pet! If you would like a unique design I can create almost any length, most colors, and also use a variety of button closures. Ideal as a gift for a holiday, birthday, wedding or anniversary Each purchase comes with a wooden gift tag and if for $20 a Japanese fabric gift bag with kumihimo cords (see accessories and add to cart). For customized orders please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Colors of beads may vary slightly due to changes in factory shipments.
Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braid making technique that creates beautiful and strong interlaced cords. This art form goes back hundreds of years as braids were made for use in armor of Japanese samurai warriors. In modern times these braids are designed as belts (obijime) used on kimonos.