shell leis


I am so over people thinking that Leis look like this: 

A lei takes hard time and vigorous work. We (Hawaiians) wake up at the crack of dawn to gather whats needed to make the lei that we want. It can take hours or days to make the leis and Hawaiian’s make leis with only good intentions and love because they believe that if you make a lei with malicious intent it will come out into the lei. There is many different ways to make leis and we also make leis from shells and feathers. It isn’t only Hawai'i that makes leis but throughout Polynesia fellow Polynesians make leis in their own style. 

To call the above image a lei is disrespectful to my culture and I want that shit to stop. That isn’t a lei, the images in the photoset are leis. 


Maru really loves dem crabs. He also cooks for his siblings.

Lei dared herself to see how many rice balls she could stuff in her mouth… her record is 3.

No wonder why Kaipo can be quiet when he walks up to people! That lil bean eats sneaky snail meunière!


Honeymoon day 1-2

I always select window seat when flying when possible because of the view. I love looking out and seeing the cloud beneath me. Feels like I’m in heaven.

We rented a convertible because I want to be able to see and take pictures whenever the moment comes.

Upon arriving in our room, we found a note from the hotel/our agent and champagne, chocolates, and fruits. It was a nice surprise. The lei and shell necklace are from the hotel given to all newlyweds.

We went to the submarine the next day and the first thing I noticed was how blue the water look. It must be super clear to reflect royal blue color, which is also Bike Sensei’s color for the morning ceremony 👍🏼

Afterward, we tried shaved ice which is a must try food in Hawaii. It wasn’t as good as I imagined though the ice is very fluffy like I’m eating cold cloud. We also walked over to see the famous banyan tree.

Full Name: Ka‘oliopu‘uwai (the chant of the heart of my native people) O‘iwiaukana‘ikukahikaleipupuhiwahiwakau‘ia‘ilokokamiki‘aokilokilookapueo (native son, strong warrior, unique as the precious Niihau shell leis placed in the magical claws of the owl) Kahokuloa (the everlasting star)

Photo: Brent Bielmann