In Hawaii “talk story” means catching up or chatting. LeiHut loves talking story with our vendors. Here’s a talk story session with doggie lei designer Krystal Narusaki about her company, Lei Woof.
LeiHut (LH): Are you a dog lover? Krystal Narusaki (KN): Absolutely! I have a shih-tzu who is my little furry buddy. My mornings usually start with my dog licking my face and usually end with me petting him goodnight. Dogs are loyal, sincere, and great companions!
LH: What inspired you to start making doggie leis?
KN: A friend’s dog passed the Good Canine Citizen test and I wanted to make a lei to celebrate the occasion. Everyone wanted to know where I’d gotten the lei from. Then started making leis for family and friends’ dogs and thought, why not share this special Hawaiian custom with everyone?
LH: What type of occasions are good for doggie leis?
KN: Doggie leis are great for birthdays, holidays, and all types of celebrations! They’re also great for puppy class graduations or a gift for a dog lover. Leis are also a great accessory for daily use and the perfect way to say I Love You!
LH: What makes your doggie leis special?
KN: All the leis are handmade in Honolulu, Hawaii. Another cool thing is that the leis are named after different Island Flowers! Maui’s flower is the lokelani, Kauai’s flower is the mokihana… I tried to make my lei line not only cute but also share a bit of Hawaiian culture.
LH: Are your leis only for small dogs?
KN: Oh no! Dogs of all sizes love wearing these leis! The large is 16″ but I can also create custom lengths.
LH: Does Lei Woof have any new design ideas in the works?
KN: Yes! I’m currently working on a kaunaoa lei (Lanai’s island flower) and an ohia lehua lei (Hawaii Island’s flower). I’m also working with some fun colors to create a “lei woof” lei.
Mia, the official LeiHut doggie product tester, absolutely LOVES her Lei Woof leis. Check out some of her best glamour shots!