A lei never forgotten is the beloved child.
Tamiko helped me make this lei for Hōkūle'a.
Niko, thank you for letting mommy travel. We are so lucky to have her as our amazing cook and quartermaster. I know she thinks about you all the time because we love hearing her talk about you.
My parents taught me to always bring a gift when you visit someone's house. Hōkūle'a will be my house for a month so I wanted to give her a lei. She makes any lei look good.
I love making lei for wa'a because even if I'm practicing, no matter the outcome, I know they will always appreciate it.
Kumu Kaʻai previously taught at Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy and Hawaiian Studies at Wilson Elementary School to K-5 students.