Wehi no ia ka poli e ka leialoha

“‘Wehi no ia ka poli e ka leialoha – the bosom is adorned with the leialoha.’

It’s a poetic term or saying that speaks of holding your loved ones very close to your heart and wearing them as a lei. The lei represents all the loved ones that you carry with you everywhere you go, and that they will always be with you near your heart.

This saying really encapsulates what I do, and the love that goes into these pieces. Weʻve done pieces with clothing from loved ones (even those who have passed on), and you see how special it is for each and every family member to have something that belonged to them.”

Tanya Naehu, fashion designer and founder of @Myleialoha

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