Lei Hulu - The Art of Making Feather Leis

Almonte Clubhouse, Mill Valley , California, USA. October 8, 9, 10, 1999.
Produced by Hula On! Productions and conducted by Aunty Paulette Kahalepuna.

Lei Hulu (feather leis) were reserved for the Ali'i (royalty). They were an adornment and acknowledgement of nobility. Feathers were gathered from various birds such as the 'i'iwi, 'elepaio, 'apapane, and 'o'o. These were made into leis, cloaks, and helmets by selected crafts people.

A long time master at this ancient craft, Aunty Paulette Kahalepuna from Na Lima Mili Hulu No'eau brings grace, pride, perseverance, and warm aloha to her teachings. Her dedication in preserving this art form is greatly appreciated! We love you "Aunty Pu'u"!

Aunty Paulette is shown here with her Kokua, Hoku. Her "Partner in Crime"!

Ke Kumu

The instruction begins...


When Aunty says she'll take it apart if it isn't right, she's not kidding!

Aia Ke ola i Ka Hana

Life is in labor

Aunty Paulette displays some of her own handiwork that she did on the plane trip over!

Hoku's pride

Windie was the first to finish her lei....Maika'i!

Nani 'oe!

Photos on this page are copywrited by the photographers who have provided them to Hula On! Productions. They may not be copied or reproduced in any form without the permission of the photographers. We do encourage linking to photos on our site. We just ask to be informed.

Return to Home Page
Return to the Main Events Page