For Your Hawaiian wedding... this is a Royal Maile Lei. Made from the rare maile vine that grows in the high mountains of the Hawaiian Islands and once reserved only for Royalty, it is now the lei of choice for the bride and groom on their wedding day. <3 <3
Tapa cloth. ca. 1885 | Hiapo is the Niuean word for tapa cloth. Traditionally it was patterned with designs unique to the island, many of them depicting events that were topical at the time the hiapo was painted. In recent years, hiapo art has been enjoying a revival
Hiapo: Past and Present in Niuean Barkcloth by Nicholas Thomas. Tapa, or barkcloth, is called 'hiapo' in the language of Niue Island in central Polynesia. The painted hiapo of Niue is a remarkable art that until now has been obscure to all but a few specialists. Hiapo have distinct cultural patterns.