Aloha, e komo mai and welcome to Hawaiian Feathers!
Aloha! As we roll into 2016, I am pleased to finally have updated my website – it has been a lot of fun being involved in the design and development of the site and I really hope you enjoy it. I wanted the site to be simple to use and most of all friendly and educational.
Throughout my years I was able to teach myself the art of feather lei making through a book called Feather Lei As An Art (the only book of it's type), written by Auntie Mary Louise Kekuewa and Paulette Kahalepuna. Through their dedication, knowledge and their book, I was able to position myself to help perpetuate the art of feather lei making for generations to come. My learning from Feather Lei As An Art started in 1999, and all of my progress has come from research, studying photos, listening to stories told to me by Kupuna that visit my booth at the Merrie Monarch each year, and trusting God and my sense of creativity. I have since completed 2 full size and traditionally made mahiole (Gallery Collection link), and my first attempt of making a feather cape ('ahuli'i or 'ahu'ula, all natural red and gold feathers), also made in the traditional way of our Ancestors.
I will keep all of you updated with the latest news and finished products. Please feel free to take a look around my website and explore the wonders of the Art of Hawaiian Featherwork. Also, my store will be shut down temporariliy and should be up and running soon. Please if you need anything, do not hesitate to contact me via my contact page or by calling me. Mahalo!
Hawaiian feather cloaks, known as ʻAhu ʻula in the Hawaiian language, were worn with feather helmets. These were symbols of the highest rank reserved for the men of the aliʻi, the chiefly class of Hawaii...