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.
Ni'ihau Hawaii Inspired Necklace - 21” (Black/Brown/Cream)
Reminiscent of the beauty seen in the Forbidden Island (Ni’iHau) shell lei these natural colors blend nicely in this necklace design using black, brown segments with cream highlights. The necklace pictured here measures 20 7/8” (other sizes available). Hundreds of Japanese seed beads were woven on a marudai stand and finished with a black matte strong magnetic end. Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" or "string of multicolored glass beads" which are only produced here on Maui.
This Black/Brown/Cream 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. Akalei is the Hawaiian word for "bead reflections" which truly describes this unique style only available here on Maui.
Additionally these necklaces are great combined with other styles of necklaces. Additional options include the Hawaiian Glass Lei Collection found here: https://akaleidesigns.myshopify.com/admin/themes/81432871030/editor#/collections/forbidden-island-inspired-designs/products/hawaiian-lei-and-ni-ihua-inspired-necklaces
Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braid making technique that results in 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) that are worn as a belt with a kimono