Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes our unique necklace lei, hat bands, bracelets, and key chains handcrafted on Maui. We reinterpret traditional Hawaiian Lei using a vast assortment of glass and natural beads, Japanese silk and natural fibers using a wide array of braiding techniques and inspirations from across the globe.
Stunning Green "Sea Urchin" Daggers Necklace Lei - 23”
This green lush tropical garden necklace lei made using glass beaded daggers in the 8" focal section, and translucent green on both ends. This design is surely one of most beautiful designs to date. The green daggers have light hues of yellow and create a bold handcrafted beaded necklace lei. This colorful new Hawaiian Lei design that will last you forever. These green dagger beads are strung into the focal section to showoff the dazzle in this unique lei. A gold toned acrylic clasp provide a secure hold and ease of use.
These beads fall beautifully around the neck and are comfortable to wear for casual or elegant events. Although lei are typically made from flowers, leaves, and other natural fibers, these are made using blue and black glass beads sent to Maui from around the globe to make this "Forever Lei".
There are hundreds of beads precisely loaded onto 8 nylon 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.
Akalei Designs make great gifts for woman, girls, and men! Akalei is the Hawaiian word for "bead reflections" which truly describes this unique style only available here on Maui. We specialize in designing a wide range of modern yet classic Hawaiian looking lei
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).
If you would like a unique design we can create almost any length, most colors, and also use a variety of closures. Ideal as a gift for a holiday, birthday, wedding or anniversary. For customized orders please contact me at email@example.com.
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.