HAWAIIAN LEI MAKING
KUMU LAHELA SPENCER - KUMU HULA
Materials: 50 inches of cotton crochet thread size 10, scissors, lei needle or yarn darning needle size 14/18, approximately 75 flowers (up to 2 inches in size): It can be all of one type of flower or a mix of flowers. Suggested flowers: Plumeria, Mini Carnations, Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus), Tuberose, Freesia, Mini Roses, Stephanotis, Dendrobium Orchids (most flowers that are tubular or bell shaped will work)
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KUMU LAHELA SPENCER
Lahela Spencer was born and raised in Kona, Hawaiʻi and began studying hula as a young child. Through hula, the skill of lei making, the knowledge of plants, and the environment in which we share enhanced her skills and developed a passion. Her commitment to hula has culminated into the formal rite of ʻūniki as a Kumu Hula. Kumu Lahela is the Kumu Hula of Kaleiokaulupalai, a hālau hula based in Waimea, Hawaiʻi. She has spent 20 years as a professional entertainer in Hawaiʻi and has been fortunate to travel the world in this profession. Lahela has also been in the hospitality industry for over 10 years and currently serves as a cultural specialist on the island of Hawaiʻi.
You can find out more about Kumu Lahela's work on her website at MOHALUHAWAII.COM
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