Big Island: Lei of a Feather

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The word lei conjures visions of aromatic tropical blossoms. But early Hawaiian lei makers also crafted prized feather garlands from the gold and vermilion plumes of native birds, an art form called lei hulu. Learn this traditional technique at a three-hour workshop with award-winning feather artist Kilohana Domingo. On the lanai at the Kalaekilohana bed and breakfast, tie specially pigmented goose feathers -- a natural byproduct of bird farms -- until your lei takes shape. Leave with a one-of-a-kind feather keepsake and a piece of Hawaiian history. kau-hawaii.com

Rate Information

  • Hawaiian Birds and Feather Art workshops for $45.

  • Kalaekilohana rates from $199.