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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.
Lisa Shiroma was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1977. She holds a BA in Psychology, 2001, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Lisa's formal art education began in 2008 with studio art classes at Kapiolani Community College and continued at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 2009 to 2012. While creating new works and participating in exhibitions, she was also an art instructor, gallery manager, and gift shop owner until Spring 2020. She is currently working as a full-time artist.
blue + white dry flower haku - $160