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).
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