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Meleana grew up sitting with her Tutu (grandmother) while she created beautiful combinations of flowers into her coveted Haku lei's. This immersion of flowers as her basis for inspiration grew into a love for beautiful bright bold floral fabrics. In 2004, with a large collection of treasured vintage fabrics she launched her handbag line. Each bag was one of a kind, celebrating the fabric's color, texture and uniqueness. Meleana's small family moved into her Tutu's historical home in Manoa. The lei garden, the photos and sense of nostalgia awoke a desire in Meleana to re-discover her own lei making. A year later, she has found herself holding popular workshops to share her knowledge, styles fashion shoots with her Lei's and is one of the "go to" Haku Lei makers ofHonolulu. This recent immersion into her Tutu's world has only added to her inspiration as a designer as caretaker of her Tutu's re-known Mu'umu'u collection. With a ready to wear collection launch coming soon, we can expect to see bright florals and playful yet sophisticated silhouettes all with a nod to the era where lei's and floral adornment were a pre-requisite for an evening out.
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