The Lei We Have Loved

Passionate about shells and fascinated with the concept of a closed society on a remote island, I began, over 24 years ago, collecting the works of the families of Niʻihau.  The perfection of work, the intricacies of design and the rarity of the shells drew me in.  Meeting the lei makers and their families, created in me, great interest in supporting their community.  It is getting more and more difficult to procure new pieces given that currently there are fewer than 80 people living on the island, many of them elderly.  When I began collecting there were over 250 residents.  In the old days, there were thousands of native Hawaiians living on Ni’ihau. 

This section primarily features the Ni’ihau lei that have come and gone through my collection.   A few pieces are Kauai shell lei.  Some of the pieces are available, or I have similar pieces.  You are welcome to inquire.

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Two Museum Quality 3 Strand Kipona Lei

Two Museum Quality 3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kahelelani Lei

3 Strand Kahelelani Lei

Pikake Weave Lei

Pikake Weave Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

Three Poepoe Lei

Three Poepoe Lei

9 Strand Kahelelani Lei

9 Strand Kahelelani Lei

Double Heleconia Lei

Double Heleconia Lei

5 Strand Heleconia Lei

5 Strand Heleconia Lei

5 Strand Kahelelani Lei

5 Strand Kahelelani Lei

3 Strand Kahelelani Lei

3 Strand Kahelelani Lei

3 Strand Kahelelani Lei

3 Strand Kahelelani Lei

Crown Flower Lei

Crown Flower Lei

Coconut Lei

Coconut Lei

Poepoe Crown Flower Lei

Poepoe Crown Flower Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

10 Strand Kahelelani and 10 Strand Momi Lei

10 Strand Kahelelani and 10 Strand Momi Lei

Poepoe Bracelet

Poepoe Bracelet

Poepoe Bracelet

Poepoe Bracelet

Crown Flower Lei

Crown Flower Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei Detail

3 Strand Kipona Lei Detail

Museum Quality 5 Strand Pikake Momi

Museum Quality 5 Strand Pikake Momi

Fancy Kipona Earrings

Fancy Kipona Earrings

3 Strand Pikake Momi and Poleho Lei

3 Strand Pikake Momi and Poleho Lei

Museum Quality 3 Strand Kipona Lei

Museum Quality 3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

Poepoe Earrings

Poepoe Earrings

Kipona Post Earrings

Kipona Post Earrings

Kipona Post Earrings

Kipona Post Earrings

Laiki and Kahelelani Lei

Laiki and Kahelelani Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Pikake Momi Lei

3 Strand Pikake Momi Lei

Patch Patch Poepoe Lei

Patch Patch Poepoe Lei

Poepoe Lei with Momi Accents

Poepoe Lei with Momi Accents

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

4 Tie Poepoe Lei

4 Tie Poepoe Lei

Pikake Bracelet with Kahelelani Accents

Pikake Bracelet with Kahelelani Accents

Kipona Style

Kipona Style

Wili Poepoe Lei

Wili Poepoe Lei

Crown Flower Poepoe Lei

Crown Flower Poepoe Lei

Niihau Puka and Sunrise Lei

Niʻihau Puka and Sunrise Lei

2 Strand Deluxe Kipona Lei

2 Strand Deluxe Kipona Lei

Museum Quality 4 Tie Poepoe Double Heleconia Lei

Museum Quality 4 Tie Poepoe Double Heleconia Lei

Two Kipona Lei

Two Kipona Lei

Poepoe Earrings

Poepoe Earrings

Poepoe Earrings

Poepoe Earrings

Pikake Momi Lei

Pikake Momi Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Museum Quality 4 Tie Poepoe double Heleconia Lei

Museum Quality 4 Tie Poepoe double Heleconia Lei

Some Fabulous Lei

Some Fabulous Lei

Coconut Kipona Lei

Coconut Kipona Lei

3 Strand Poleholeho Momi Pikake Lei

3 Strand Poleholeho Momi Pikake Lei

Crown Flower Poepoe

Crown Flower Poepoe

Crown Flower Lei Detail

Crown Flower Lei Detail

Assorted Poepoe Lei utilizing some Kauai shell

Assorted Poepoe Lei utilizing some Kauai shell

Lei with Poleho Laiki Alilea and Poleholeho pupu

Lei with Pōleho Lāiki ʻĀlīlea and Pōleholeho pūpū

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

4 Tie Patch Patch Poepoe Lei

4 Tie Patch Patch Poepoe Lei

Poepoe Lei with Momi Accents

Poepoe Lei with Momi Accents

3 Poepoe Lei and a Crown Flower Lei

3 Poepoe Lei and a Crown Flower Lei

Museum Quality 3 Strand Double Heleconia Poepoe Lei

Museum Quality 3 Strand Double Heleconia Poepoe Lei

5 Strand Heleconia Lei

5 Strand Heleconia Lei

Coconut Poepoe Lei

Coconut Poepoe Lei

5 Strand Patch Patch Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Patch Patch Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Kahelelani Lei

3 Strand Kipona

3 Strand Kipona

Museum Quality 3 Strand Poepoe Kipona

Museum Quality 3 Strand Poepoe Kipona

A Bevy of Beautiful Lei

A Bevy of Beautiful Lei

Crown Flower and Two Poepoe Lei

Crown Flower and Two Poepoe Lei

10 Strand Big Mouth Momi Lei

10 Strand Big Mouth Momi Lei

Four Lovely Mauna Loa Lei

Four Lovely Mauna Loa Lei

4 Tie Wili Poepoe

4 Tie Wili Poepoe

Museum Quality 3 Strand 4 Tie Poepoe

Museum Quality 3 Strand 4 Tie Poepoe

7 and 5 Strand Laiki Lei with Kahelelani Accents

7 and 5 Strand Laiki Lei with Kahelelani Accents

Museum Quality 3 Strand Poepoe Kipona

Museum Quality 3 Strand Poepoe Kipona

3 Strand Pikake Momi Lei

3 Strand Pikake Momi Lei

Long 4 Tie Wili Poepoe Lei

Long 4 Tie Wili Poepoe Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

4 Tie Patch Patch Poepoe

4 Tie Patch Patch Poepoe

4 Tie Poepoe

4 Tie Poepoe

4 Tie Patch Patch Poepoe Lei

4 Tie Patch Patch Poepoe Lei

4 Tie Poepoe with Momi Accents

4 Tie Poepoe with Momi Accents

4 Tie Poepoe Momi Crown Flower Lei

4 Tie Poepoe Momi Crown Flower Lei

3 Strand Kipona Detail

3 Strand Kipona Detail

Poepoe Lei

Poepoe Lei

3 Strand Patch Patch Mauna Loa Lei

3 Strand Patch Patch Mauna Loa Lei

2 Strand Kipona Lei

2 Strand Kipona Lei

6 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

6 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Wili Poepoe Lei with Pikake Momi Accents

Wili Poepoe Lei with Pikake Momi Accents

Poepoe Lei

Poepoe Lei

10 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

10 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Crown Flower Lei

Crown Flower Lei

Five Poepoe Lei

Five Poepoe Lei

3 Strand Dangle Earrings

3 Strand Dangle Earrings

Pikake Dangles with Kahelelani Accent

Pikake Dangles with Kahelelani Accent

Poepoe Bracelet

Poepoe Bracelet

Multi Strand and Single Strand Mauna Loa

Multi Strand and Single Strand Mauna Loa

3 Strand Dangles

3 Strand Dangles

A Matching Set

A Matching Set

Long Poepoe Earrings

Long Poepoe Earrings

A Nice Variety

A Nice Variety

Poepoe Bracelet

Poepoe Bracelet

Poepoe Crown Flower Lei

Poepoe Crown Flower Lei

Poepoe Crown Flower Lei

Poepoe Crown Flower Lei

Three Kipona Bracelets

Three Kipona Bracelets

Coconut Lei

Coconut Lei

Poepoe Bracelet

Poepoe Bracelet

Eight Kipona Bracelets

Eight Kipona Bracelets

5 Strand and Poepoe Kipona Lei

5 Strand and Poepoe Kipona Lei

2 Pair Heleconia Earrings

2 Pair Heleconia Earrings

Crown Flower Lei

Crown Flower Lei

Kipona Pikake and Mauna Loa Bracelets

Kipona Pikake and Mauna Loa Bracelets

Poepoe Earrings with Sunrise Shell

Poepoe Earrings with Sunrise Shell

Museum Quality 4 Strand Pikake Momi Lei

Museum Quality 4 Strand Pikake Momi Lei

Two 3 Strand and a Kipona Lei

Two 3 Strand and a Kipona Lei

Multi and Single Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Multi and Single Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Multi Strand Mauna Loa Twisted

Multi Strand Mauna Loa Twisted

Poepoe Bracelet

Poepoe Bracelet

Heleconia Lei and Poepoe Earings with Sunrise

Heleconia Lei and Poepoe Earings with Sunrise

A Lovely Line Up

A Lovely Line Up

Poepoe Bracelet

Poepoe Bracelet

A Juicy Display

A Juicy Display

2 Pair Kipona Post Earrings

2 Pair Kipona Post Earrings

Kipona Post Earrings

Kipona Post Earrings

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

Beautiful Niihau Shell

Beautiful Niʻihau Shell

Mauna Loa Lei

Mauna Loa Lei

Kipona Lei

Kipona Lei

Mauna Loa Lei

Mauna Loa Lei

2 Strand Pikake Lei with Kahelelani Accents

2 Strand Pikake Lei with Kahelelani Accents

2 Strand Kipona Lei

2 Strand Kipona Lei

Dangle Earrings with 14kGF Hooks

3 Strand Kipona Lei

Dangle Earrings with 14kGF Hooks

Dangle Earrings with 14kGF Hooks

Kipona Dangle Earrings

Kipona Dangle Earrings

Kipona Dangle Earrings

Kipona Dangle Earrings

Five Mauna Loa Lei

Five Mauna Loa Lei

Poepoe Crown Flower Lei

Poepoe Crown Flower Lei

Poepoe Lei with Momi Accents

Poepoe Lei with Momi Accents

Double Pikake Lei

Double Pikake Lei

Poepoe Lei

Poepoe Lei

Poepoe Twist and Poepoe with Crown Flower

Poepoe Twist and Poepoe with Crown Flower

4 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

4 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Mauna Loa Lei

Mauna Loa Lei

Kapakahi Mauna Loa Lei

Kapakahi Mauna Loa Lei

4 Strand Poepoe Lei

4 Strand Poepoe Lei

3 Strand Bright White Momi Pikake Lei

3 Strand Bright White Momi Pikake Lei

So Many Lei To Choose From

So Many Lei To Choose From

So Many Lei To Choose From

So Many Lei To Choose From

So Many Lei To Choose From

So Many Lei To Choose From

Poepoe Crown Flower Lei

Poepoe Crown Flower Lei

10 Strand Lāiki Lei

10 Strand Lāiki Lei

10 Strand Lāiki Lei

Ālīlea Lei

Kipona Lei with Heleconia Design

Kipona Lei with Heleconia Design

Kipona Lei with Waha Nui Momi

Kipona Lei with Waha Nui Momi

Kipona Bracelet

Kipona Bracelet

5 Strand Momi Pikake Lei

5 Strand Momi Pikake Lei

Nui Lei

Nui Lei

Laiki and Mauna Loa Kaheleani Lei

Lāiki and Mauna Loa Kaheleani Lei

3 Strand Heleconia Lei and Earrings

3 Strand Heleconia Lei and Earrings

3 Poe Poe Lei and 6 Mauna Loa Kahelelani Lei (Copy)

3 Poe Poe Lei and 6 Mauna Loa Kahelelani Lei (Copy)

10 Strand Mauna Loa Kahelelani Lei

10 Strand Mauna Loa Kahelelani Lei

5 Strand Heleconia Lei

5 Strand Heleconia Lei

3 Strand Poe Poe Kipona Lei

3 Strand Poe Poe Kipona Lei

Waha Nui Momi

Waha Nui Momi

Kipona Poe Poe Set

Kipona Poe Poe Set

Kipona Lei (Copy)

Kipona Lei (Copy)

Wili Poe Poe Kipona Lei

Wili Poe Poe Kipona Lei

Kipona Heleconia Set

Kipona Heleconia Set

3 Strand Kipona Lei with Heleconia Design

3 Strand Kipona with Heleconia Design

3 Strand Poe Poe

3 Strand Poe Poe

5 Strand Heleconia Lei (Roselani)

5 Strand Kipona Lei (Roselani)

Poe Poe Lei

Poe Poe Lei

2 Puka Lei

2 Puka Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Kahelelani

5 Strand Mauna Loa Kahelelani

3 Strand Crown Flower Lei

3 Strand Crown Flower Lei

Kipona Bracelets

Kipona Bracelets

5 Strand Heleconia Lei (Copy)

5 Strand Heleconia Lei (Copy)

Heleconia Lei

Heleconia Lei

Mauna Loa Kahelelani

Mauna Loa Kahelelani

Mauna Loa Kahelelani

Two 3 Strand & One 2 Strand Kipona Lei

Two 3 Strand & One 2 Strand Kipona Lei

Crown Flower and Poe Poe Lei & Bracelet

Two 3 Strand Kipona Lei

Two 3 Strand Kipona Lei

Kipona Lei

Kipona Lei

Museum Quality 3 Strand Poleho Kipona

Museum Quality 3 Strand Pōleho Kipona

Wili Poepoe Lei

Wili Poepoe Lei

10 Strand Mauna Loa and 5 Strand Kipona Leis

10 Strand Mauna Loa and 5 Strand Kipona Leis

3 Strand Kipona Lei detail

3 Strand Kipona Lei detail

Wili Poepoe and Crown Flower Lei

Wili Poepoe and Crown Flower Lei

Wili Poepoe with Momi Accents

Wili Poepoe with Momi Accents

Crown Flower Lei

Crown Flower Lei

Mauna Loa Lei

Mauna Loa Lei

Crown Flower Lei

Crown Flower Lei

Two Laiki Kipona and a Double Coconut Lei

Two Laiki Kipona and a Double Coconut Lei

Poepoe Lei

Poepoe Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Two Pikake Momi Lei

Two Pikake Momi Lei

Three Strand Kipona Lei

Three Strand Kipona Lei

Two Mauna Loa Lei

Two Mauna Loa Lei

A Lovely Selection

A Lovely Selection

Mauna Loa Patch Patch Lei

Mauna Loa Patch Patch Lei

3 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

3 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Two Kipona and Two 2 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Two Kipona and Two 2 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

3 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

3 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Kipona Lei

Kipona Lei

A Beautiful Selection

A Beautiful Selection

5 Strand Mauna Loa and Poepoe Kipona Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa and Poepoe Kipona Lei

Bracelets and Earrings

Bracelets and Earrings

Crown Flower Lei

Crown Flower Lei

Three Kipona and a Pikake Momi Bracelet

Three Kipona and a Pikake Momi Bracelet

3 Strand Big Mouth Momi Kipona Lei

3 Strand Big Mouth Momi Kipona Lei

Mauna Loa Lei

Mauna Loa Lei

Poepoe and 2 & 5 Strand Mauna Loa Leis

Poepoe and 2 & 5 Strand Mauna Loa Leis

Crown Flower Earrings

Crown Flower Earrings

Long Poepoe Earrings

Long Poepoe Earrings

Poepoe Crown Flower Lei

Poepoe Crown Flower Lei

Four Mauna Loa Lei

Four Mauna Loa Lei

3 Strand Momi Twist

3 Strand Momi Twist

Poepoe Lei with Momi Accents

Poepoe Lei with Momi Accents

Four Poepoe Bracelets

Four Poepoe Bracelets

Heleconia Lei

Heleconia Lei

Poepoe Lei

Poepoe Lei

Kahelelani and Kipona and Clip Earrings

Kahelelani and Kipona and Clip Earrings

5 Strand Mauna Loa patch patch Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa patch patch Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa twisted

5 Strand Mauna Loa twisted

Mauna Loa and Kipona and Poepoe

Mauna Loa and Kipona and Poepoe

3 Strand Mauna Loa Lei twisted

3 Strand Mauna Loa Lei twisted

Three Laiki Lei

Three Lāiki Lei

Four 5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Four 5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Pikake Momi Lei with Kahelelani Accents

Pikake Momi Lei with Kahelelani Accents

3 Strand Pikake Momi Lei

3 Strand Pikake Momi Lei

3 Beautiful Lei

3 Beautiful Lei

Six Bracelets

Six Bracelets

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

3 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

3 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

3 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand patch patch Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand patch patch Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Big Mouth Momi, Pikake, Poleho

Big Mouth Momi, Pikake, Pōleho

Niihau Puka Shell Lei

Niʻihau Puka Shell Lei

Three Kipona Lei

Three Kipona Lei

Two Kipona Lei

Two Kipona Lei

Kipona Lei with Poleho ikaika, Kahelelani & Momi

Kipona Lei with Pōleho ikaika, Kahelelani & Momi

Poepoe Lei with Momi Accents

Poepoe Lei with Momi Accents

Poepoe Wili Lei with Momi Accents

3 Strand Kipona Lei

Poepoe Wili Lei with Momi Accents

Poepoe Wili Lei with Momi Accents

Poepoe Lei with Momi Accents

Poepoe Lei with Momi Accents

Coconut Lei and Poepoe Coconut Lei

Coconut Lei and Poepoe Coconut Lei

Museum Quality 3 Strand Poepoe Kipona

Museum Quality 3 Strand Poepoe Kipona

Kipona Lei

Kipona Lei

Poepoe Lei

Poepoe Lei

Museum Quality Lei Wall Display

Museum Quality Lei Wall Display

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Poepoe Lei with matching earrings

Poepoe Lei with matching earrings

Crown Flower Lei

Crown Flower Lei

6 Strand Momi Lei

6 Strand Momi Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

5 Strand Mauna Loa Lei

Multi Strand Kipona Cowrie Clasp

Multi Strand Kipona Cowrie Clasp

Poepoe Bracelet

Poepoe Bracelet

3 Strand Big Mouth Momi Kipona

3 Strand Big Mouth Momi Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

3 Strand Kipona Lei

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