Uluwehi is inspired by plants found in our backyard and is a lei wili papa, a style of lei making where the decorative material is lashed to a center cord with a wrapping technique, often used to make lei pāpale, or lei po'o. Lei is a symbol of aloha and giving lei is an extension of aloha. It can be given as a symbol of love, friendship, to celebrate, or even to honor someone. Not all lei is store-bought - this is a celebration of making lei with the resources available to us.
This lei integrates indigenous plants like pōhinahina and palapalai, endemic plants like liko lehua, and other foliage found in our backyard.
About Kakou Collective
Founded in 2017, by Native Hawaiian mother and artist Kea Peters, Kakou Collective creates and shares authentic artistic expression that inspire creators to connect with the cultural values, traditions, and communities of Hawai'i.