Fashion Designer and Lei-Maker Meleana Estes Launches A New Book

Exploring the craftsmanship and community of lei culture, Lei Aloha: Celebrating the Vibrant Flowers and Lei of Hawai‘i comes out on April 25.
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“This is a collective effort of many amazing lei makers and cultural practitioners who shared their time and stories to create something that celebrates lei,” designer Meleana Estes says of the new book Lei Aloha: Celebrating the Vibrant Flowers and Lei of Hawai‘i, which she penned with Hale‘iwa writer Jennifer Fiedler.


In it, we get a look into the world of lei through gorgeous images by photographer Tara Rock and personal storytelling from Estes, touching on topics such as the significance of flora in the hula community, how the land and sea inspire and provide, and the bonds that form among those who participate in an art that touches many hearts and hands.


Published through Ten Speed Press, the book will be available for purchase on Amazon is both hardcover ($24.99) and Kindle ($14.99) formats beginning April 25, 2023., @meleana_hawaii


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