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The Tradition Of Hawaiian Feather Lei Continues With Boris H

by MartinAndMacArthur

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Hawaiians are known for their beautiful feather work seen in traditional leis, capes, and helmets as far back as John Webber engravings of the voyages of Captain James Cook, c.1780’s.

This spectacular feather lei hulu is wili or tied individually to a central cord in the style of traditional Hawaiian lei making.


It is hand-stitched by Boris Kekaiuluikahikina Huang, one of Hawaii’s premiere feather lei makers who apprenticed with renowned Hawaii lei master Auntie Mary Lou Kekuewa.

Fiery Feather Poepoe

Boris painstakingly handcrafts Hawaiian feather leis at his studio in Honolulu, Hawaii. He creates his own lei hulu patterns using feathers from different birds (such as goose, pheasant, duck, peacock, etc.). He creates feather leis of many different styles ranging from traditional poepoe and kamoe to contemporary designs.

Boris has been commissioned to craft lei hulu for special organizations, including the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Education Association, Manoa Valley Theatre, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii Inc., Hawaii Tourism Authority, Waikiki Outrigger Hotel and many others.

Boris has exhibited his lei hulu at Hawaii Pacific University Ohana Gallery Exhibition 2007, 2008 & 2009, the Moanalua Gardens Prince Lot Hula Festival, and Queen Emma Summer Palace.

Regal Feather Poepoe

Many well known personalities own Boris’ lei hulu including President Barrack Obama, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, actor Jim Nabors; Hawaiian princess Abigail K.K. Kawananakoa; Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann; musician Robert Cazimero; singer Cathy Foy; Hawaii Theatre manager Burton White and many more.

The feather lei made by Boris Huang are featured exclusively at Martin & MacArthur stores throughout Hawaii and online at Martin & MacArthur . The craftsmen of Martin & MacArthur frame these beautiful feather lei in solid curly Koa from the company’s own private stock.

Author Bio:

Local-born Michael Tam, returned to Hawaii with an accomplished track record leading global companies with a strategic marketing focus. In 2008, Tam became the majority owner, CEO, and President of Martin & MacArthur, the premiere Koa furniture maker and retailer in Hawaii for fifty years. Also make personal accessories such as Kao wood watches ,jewelry,rings.

Tam is responsible for leading Martin & MacArthur to achieve sustainable, profitable, and long term growth. He has created meaningful connections within the community in support of the Hawaiian heritage and local artisans in Hawaii.

In the past three, Martin & MacArthur has opened nine new stores, including its first stores on the Big Island and Kauai. A distinctive retail store base is being created, focused on the finest home furnishings and personal accessories made in Hawaii for the gracious Hawaiian living. The Hawaiian furniture store have koa furniture & rocking chair. They Also make personal accessories such jewelry, jewelry boxes, wood watches .

By the time Tam returned to Hawaii, he had accumulated extensive executive experience with global companies that included Nordstrom, Starbucks, Borders, McDonalds, and American Eagle Outfitters. His career is marked with success in creating corporate business strategies; developing new brands; reposition existing brands; introducing brands into global and domestic markets

After graduating with a Master of Management degree in marketing and finance at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, he joined Leo Burnett as senior media planner for Procter & Gamble and was International Vice President responsible for McDonald’s Corporation.

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