lei-centric 2021 - kun lian xu

By fishcake

$ 32.00

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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.


Kun Lian Xu is a maker who works with wood and metal. Recently she added upcycled materials like plastic marine debris, glass bottles, and aluminum cans to her repertoire. Kun received her BA in Studio Art from UH-Mānoa in 2012. After graduating, she joined O‘ahu Makerspace (a hands-on co-working space) and acquired basic welding and woodworking skills. She currently works at Heavy Metal Hawai‘i and enjoys experimenting with materials through industrial design and metal fabrication.


dalmatians peanuts - $60

ocean plastic peanuts - $54

recycled ti leaf lei - $32