Our creation is inspired by the centennial of the passing of Queen Lili‘uokalani, the last ruling monarch of Hawai‘i. To honor her and her legacy, we made one tī (maile style), and three pua kalaunu (crown flower) lei.
With tī symbolizing admiration, appreciation, and respect, there was no better selection to honor our Queen. The open maile lei is known as the lei of royalty, and the braiding of this portion represents haku mele, or the songs Lili‘uokalani composed for her islands.
For the other three lei we selected pua kalaunu, the most beloved flower of the Queen. The pua kalaunu shrub supports monarch butterflies, which represent endurance, change, hope, and life – yet these monarchs have adapted to thrive off the pua kalaunu, in the way Hawai‘i has had to learn to thrive off the changes since our beloved Queen’s rule.
The purple variety of pua kalaunu was chosen because the color is rare in nature, and represents creativity, dignity, and royalty.
Hawaiian language nūpepa was selected because while Liliʻuokalani was imprisoned in the ʻIolani Palace, she was denied literature and newspapers, essentially cutting her off from her people. Yet as she notes in her memoir: “I used to find great comfort in the bits of newspaper that were wrapped around my bouquets which were brought to me from my own garden at Uluhaimalama. … Flowers from home I unwrapped myself, so as to be sure to save these bits of news which I sought opportunity at intervals to read.“
The price set is based on the age of Queen Lili‘uokalani at her passing.
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The price is $79 based on the age Queen Liliuokalani was when she died.