lei-centric 2021 - kristi yamanaka

By fishcake

$ 375.00

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fishcake presents a collection of unconventional leis in it pop-up exhibition, “lei-centric,” featuring a range of materials by local artists.  

the iconic symbol of hawaii originated as a sacred offering to deities, chiefs or events in the early era of hawaiian culture. common types of lei were the maile vine lei, hala seed lei, ti leaf lei, niho palaoa lei made of bone and shell, and the feather hulu manu lei.

fast forward into the 1900’s, floral leis were the first gift visitors received when they arrived at the piers of the Aloha Tower as a warm aloha welcome to the island. today, lei giving has become a time honored practice for any special occasion whether it is a birthday, wedding, graduation, guest speaker, or celebration.

lei-centric is a collection that features the lei in a refreshing way using materials and techniques not commonly accessible at your everyday lei stand. this exhibition gives artists the chance to flex their skills and create a production of art pieces that the public can enjoy as well as purchase for their own lei giving celebrations coming up this year.


kristi yamanaka - From as early as age four, Kristi would spend summers on the Big Island of Hawaii with her aunty and uncle who are both well-known and respected local artists. Here, she would spend weeks experimenting with various types of art mediums: paint, collages, jewelry design, clay building, card design + collage layout, with constant collaboration with her artist aunty. A passion for jewelry design emerged from an early age of thirteen.


hale lei 1 - $500

hale lei 2 - $480

hale lei 3 - $375