“Bliss” kind of expresses how I feel while gathering liko. In the quiet morning, the forest is alive and refreshed after a night of mist and rain. Gazing over the tops of young ʻōhiʻa trees, I search for the colorful orange, burgundy, and red shoots. These are my favorites to make lei. I also look for liko that “stretch out in the rain”. Usually plentiful after a long period of rain, the foot-long young growth isnʻt used for lei. Instead, these cherished liko are placed in a glass vase for our dinner table or maybe on the desk at work. These are the extra-special liko!
This liko was cut especially for Haku Hoʻopai. She has danced with Nālani for the past thirty years, and also worked at Sig Zane Designs. I love her as one of my daughters! This design was my gift to her upon her marriage!
This layout was created and named, for part of Hakuʻs name, by Kūhaʻo.
We designed this dress for the summer days in Hilo, keeping our wahine cool. All cotton, knee length, and easy to wear. The heat’s on: get comfortable!
Model is 5'2" and wearing size M.