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Welcome to Feather Traditions … a collection of Hawaiian feather lei created by Nikki Kalanimalie Ty-Tomkins.  Over twenty-five years ago, Kalanimalie began working with feathers under the tutelage of the legendary Aunty Mary Lou Kekuewa.  It was an accidental meeting which began with a search for a few feathers at Na Mili Lima Hulu No’eau and blossomed into a passion for this ancient Hawaiian art.   Over the years, constantly encouraged by Aunty Mary Lou and her daughter, Paulette Kahalepuna,  Kalanimalie began to experiment with designs borrowed from her own Indian tradition.
 
“My Kupuna were both so encouraging every time I tried something new  …” says Kalanimalie.   “I remember trying out the ‘tweed’ which mixed many colored feathers at random and being rather nervous about it.   Then I added elaborate ‘stations’ along the length of the humu papa.   Each time I tried some variant I dreaded being told I was breaking some rules.   And each time  both kumus smiled and urged me on.  It was wonderful! “
 
Today Kalanimalie celebrates the evolution of her beloved art as she tried new combinations of color, cuts and feathers.   Her signature finials for her “kamoe” lei are unique polymer beads which she creates individually to enclose the ribbon closures. Each lei is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity and is carefully archived. 
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Ilima gold humu papa20150918_135036_border20150713_101908_border

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Hat border leiLedward Kaapanared hat close up border

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20150918_134334_borderkumuhuluilima black clip kamoe

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red black kamoeBlack taupe humu papamaroon tweed kamoe

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red and guinea kamoered kamoe fragmentred black tweed kamoe border

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purple pink kamoepurple hatpinpurple cockade

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green kamoegreen cockadehatpins

 

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