What’s It Worth? $1,500
To make this lei papale, or hat lei, requires the feathers from the heads of 120 pheasants and about 125 hours of tedious stitching. “There are students who have been with us for 15 years who have gotten the art down to a really nice science,” said Paulette Kahalepuna, owner of Na Lima Mili Hulu No‘eau (“Skilled hands touch the feathers”).
The store also makes traditional feather lei that range in price from $50 to $1,500, but Kahalepuna says the receiver must understand the value of a feather lei. “To give someone a feather lei is so highly prized that that person couldn’t receive anything else.”
Na Lima Mili Hulu No‘eau
762 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu