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).
The necklace was inspired by the beautiful shell necklaces made famous on the Hawaiian island of Ni'iHau ( The Forbidden Island). This necklace was designed using natural earth tone Picasso beads segmented into red, yellow, brown with focal sections made using White Luster Pinch beads. The gold toned barrel magnet is safe and strong with a length of 14".This Choker Necklace can be made into various lengths (from 10” up to 25”) prices will vary with length or materials used. Please send an email to email@example.com. Additionally these necklaces are great combined with a Hawaiian Glass Lei found here:
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.
Akalei Designs make great gifts for woman, girls or men! 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.