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Giving Back to Community

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Last weekend the LeiHut crew pitched in at the biggest block party on the island – Cool Kailua Nights. The event gives back to the community by donating proceeds to the Castle Medical Center’s Oncology Clinic and the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Windward Club House. LeiHut also donated a percentage of proceeds to Lemonade Alley. Between the food, music, and other fun happenings, the party drew thousands of residents and tourists. The founder of Cool Kailua Nights, Danielle Scherman, kicked off the first one in 2006. Danielle is a busy body, as she also is a vendor on LeiHut selling her line of Danshells jewelry!

Dangling Shell earrings on leaf
LeiHut Dog Dress

LeiHut’s mascot, Mia, modeling. LeiHut’s favorite doggie lei designer, Lei Woof, played a huge role in the event as the doggie fashion show organizer. Models walked their furry four-legged friends down the runway to show off the latest designs in pet clothing and accessories like dog leis.

The silent auction featured a number of special goods from vendors around the island. LeiHut was happy to donate two care packages towards the cause. One was filled with tasty dried tropical fruits The other care package was stuffed with Hawaiian coffee.

LeiHut loves to get out and give back to the community. Let us know if you’ve got an event where we can share the aloha!

LeiHut Care Package

Hula Supply is Here!

Home9Blog9Hula Supply is Here!

LeiHut is thrilled to welcome our newest vendor, Hula Supply Center, to the LeiHut Ohana. The Hula Supply Center has been in business in Honolulu since 1954 and is the go-to source for all things hula related. Walking around their shop is a sensory overload – brightly colored flower leis line the walls, freshly hollowed ipu gourds rest on the floor to dry, shelves are stocked with traditional Hawaiian printed sarongs, instruments, jewelry and other goods unique to Hawaii and hula. Here’s a guide to some of the staples that Hula Supply Center provides to hula halaus around the world.

Puili Sticks are hand carved from bamboo and one of the most widely used implements in hula. One side is split to make the distinct rhythmic sound of traditional hula. This split side is tapped on the ground, against the body, or against the other puili stick. The smooth side of the puili serves as the handle and comes in either a small or large hand size. Small puili sticks are great for children just beginning their hula practice.

Puili Sticks
Authentic New Zealand Dancing Balls

New Zealand Dancing Balls, also known as Maori Balls or Poi Balls, were traditionally used by Maori dancers. These days, New Zealand Dancing Balls are commonly incorporated in a variety of Polynesian performances. While grasping the yarn tassels, dancers twist their wrists to create beautiful patterns with the swinging balls. Glow in the dark poi balls and fire dancing ties back to this historic form of dance.

Authentic Hula Skirts are perhaps the most iconic pieces of hula supply. Historically, Hawaiians turned to mother nature to gather ti leaves or hala leaves to weave together into the green grass skirts that have become part of the hula culture. Raffia skirts offer a nice alternative to the fresh leaf version for those who don’t have access to Hawaiian rain forests! They can also serve as a wall hanging for for a tropical twist on interior decorating.

Authentic Hula Skirt

Talk Story with LeiLei Hawaiian Jewelry

Home9Blog9Talk Story with LeiLei Hawaiian Jewelry

In Hawaii “talk story” means catching up or chatting. LeiHut loves talking story with our vendors. Here’s a talk story session with Honolulu jewelry designer James Tseng, and his company LeiLei Hawaiian Jewelry.

LeiHut (LH): Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you discover your love for jewelry making?
James Tseng (JT): I grew up on this island and was surrounded by many inspirational people. We all know Hawaii is a special place. You get to meet these great people by any chance. One person who influenced me the most is Howard Miao. He basically changed the way we think and create Hawaiian Jewelry.

Hawaiian Sunrise Shells
Hawaiian Silver Bracelet

(LH): What inspires your designs?
(JT): Everything. Sometimes you don’t notice it, but it’s there.

(LH): What is your most popular piece?
(JT): Hawaii Sunrise Shell. The most beautiful piece that is created by nature and only can be found in Hawaii.

(LH): What is your favorite piece of jewelry  from your collection?
(JT): The first bangle I made for my mom.

(LH): Are there any new designs in the works?
(JT): Yes! I am always searching for new ways to create, to express.

Hawaiian Silver Ring

Talk Story with Junior League of Honolulu

Home9Blog9Talk Story with Junior League of Honolulu

In Hawaii “talk story” means catching up or chatting. LeiHut loves talking story with our vendors. Here’s a talk story session with the fabulous cookbook creators from the Junior League of Honolulu, an all-women organization that’s been active in Honolulu since 1923!
LeiHut (LH): What’s the story behind JLH Cookbooks? Why are they special?
Junior League of Honolulu (JLH): The cookbook is a national Junior League tradition dating back to 1940. Like the women who make up the League, Junior League cookbooks are prized for their beauty, quality, and reliability. They contain recipes created and tested by real women with busy lives who know the value of a perfectly crafted, delicious recipe. Each cookbook has an extensive index is organized by ingredient, not just by title, which makes the cookbook easy to use with ingredients on hand in your kitchen. The recipes themselves include helpful notes with healthy alternatives, ingredient explanations, and serving suggestions, along with cultural notes.

Junior League of Honolulu Cookbooks

LH: How does a recipe get into the books?
JLH:
Recipes submitted by JLH members and local chefs, restaurants and hotels competed for a spot in the cookbook through a triple-testing process for delicious taste, ease of preparation, and Hawaiian aloha spirit.

Junior League of Honolulu Cookbooks

LH:What are the most popular recipes and what’s your favorite?
JLH:
 The recipes with Hawaiian flavors are usually the most popular because they embody what people think of as “Hawaiian”. One of my favorite things about the books is that they are a collection of recipes from people who live in Hawaii, not just Hawaiian recipes. There are recipes from many culinary cultures, many styles of cooking and ingredients from all over. Some of my absolute favorites are Pork Roast with Plum Sauce: Page 161, A Taste of Aloha and Shrimp Quiche with Avocado: Page 23, Aloha Days Hula Nights.
LH: The artwork on the book covers is beautiful. What’s the story?
JLH: JLH partnered with local island artist Pegge Hopper to design the covers of the books for all three volumes. Her cover of Aloha Days Hula Nights (“Under a Magnolia Moon”) was turned into a poster because it was in such demand.

LH: JLH gives back to the community with proceeds from the sales of cookbooks. Can you tell us a little more about JLH and some of its initiatives?
JLH: The Junior League of Honolulu is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Proceeds from the sale of cookbooks will be returned to the community through projects sponsored by the JLH, which include My Story, a nine-week personal development course for adolescent girls to develop their self-esteem and discover the power of their individual voices; Kids in the Kitchen, a healthy-eating awareness program aimed at educating young children and their families on the importance of good nutrition and the risks of childhood obesity; Wahine Forum, a leadership conference for women in business and the non-profit sector in Honolulu; and Impact Honolulu, an annual series of short-term, “done-in-a-day” projects designed to respond to immediate community needs.

Under A Magnolia Moon Poster

Loose Orchids for Events

Home9Blog9Loose Orchids for Events

Loose orchid blossoms bring a beautiful, tropical elegance to any occasion. Guests will assume you spent thousands on your floral budget, but we’ll let you in on a little secret – when you order loose orchids in bulk they’re just pennies a piece! Orchid blooms can be used at weddings, banquets, luaus and parties. They also can be strung into traditional hawaiian leis to be given as gifts or sold as part of a fundraiser for hula halaus. The possibilities are endless when it comes to these gorgeous flowers. Here are some creative ways to incorporate orchids into your next event:

Loose Dendrobium Orchids
  • Enhance the rim of tropical drinks
  • Garnish food and dessert plates
  • Decorate table centerpieces
  • Pin on hair or as a corsage for an island-inspired style
  • Have the flower girl carry a basket of orchids
  • Shower the bride and groom with blossoms when they exit the church
  • Have a “make your own lei” activity for guests

Orchids are shipped anywhere in the U.S.A. with a 100% freshness guarantee and last longer than most flowers when properly stored in the refrigerator. Check out the bulk orchids from Leis by Ron, based in Honolulu.

Loose Orchids
Loose Dendrobium Orchid Blooms

Talk Story with Danshells

Home9Blog9Talk Story with Danshells

In Hawaii “talk story” means catching up or chatting. LeiHut loves talking story with our vendors. Here’s a talk story session with jewelry designer Danielle Scherman, and her company Danshells.

LeiHut (LH): Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you discover your love for jewelry making? Danielle Scherman (DS): I’m a local girl born and raised in Kailua. I love the island culture and beach inspired fashion. I also enjoy having a creative outlet and learned jewelry techniques from Bead It in Kailua. I’m an entrepreneur by day and enjoy the creative and inventive freedom that jewelry making provides. I’ve noticed that many times I’ll set to create something and it comes out much different than I originally intended, and usually better. This is what happens when you allow yourself creative freedom.

Danshells Earrings

LH: What inspires your designs?

DS: I’m very much into the nautical and beach themes and incorporate some of those elements into my jewelry. I get a lot of inspiration for jewelry, home decor and my own personal style on Pottery Barn, Surf Lodge in Montauk, Esty, Bali design stores, and of course on Pinterest. I can be entertained for hours on Pinterest learning, discovering and getting inspired!

LH: What is your favorite piece from your collection? Why?

DS: One of my favorite earrings has has gold boat anchor charms and is great for a summer chic look! I love anything that involves sailing as it’s my life dream to hop on a sailboat and travel the world!

LH: Are there any new designs in the works?

DS: Yes. I’m working on one-of-a-kind jewelry designs made out of hand picked shells from my travels as well as from Hawaii.

Check out Danielle’s jewelry here and see LeiHut’s top picks below!

Dangling Shell Hoop Earrings
Large Gold Fish Hoop Earrings
Glass Bead Silver Hoop