What initially inspired the Ohia Lehua Haku Lei was seeing electronic composite in the category section of the competition literature. It struck us as such an interesting category - something you would never associate with a lei. This forced us to think completely outside the box to envision these two opposite ideas into something beautiful.
We began with the flower: the showstopper of any lei, and stopped at the idea creating an Ohia Lehua lei. It seemed to fit our theme of thinking outside the box as it’s not a common lei making flower and certainly doesn’t win the popularity contest against Plumerias or Pikake. Electronic wire was the perfect material to portray this unique flower’s beauty. It was important to us to capture the delicate details of this particular plant, from the tips of the stamen to its budding clusters.
The flower itself is made from electrical wire stripped at the tips, bunched and tied together. Plastic straws hold them all in place and visually represent the flower’s stem. Paper beads made from old magazines were strung on more electrical wire to interpret the clusters of young budding Ohia Lehua blossoms. Disregarded textile bags were cut up to create the full, hearty leaves. Bringing all of this together was plastic bags that were stripped and braided.