Our Mea Kanu (Plant) Collection is inspired by the beautiful plants that make up Hawaiʻi's landscape. Indigenous plants, those brought by our ancestors, or those more newly introduced but still familiar all serve as a muse for our nails.
I grew up practicing ʻulana lau niu (coconut weaving) with my Papa and my ʻohana, so the Niu is near and dear to my heart. It roots me to my childhood and ʻohana. The other side of my ʻohana is from California - and we used to visit often as kids and I loved the retro So Cal style. Niu Kid on the Block is a combo of both my Hawaiʻi roots and my connection to ʻohana in California.
One of the many beautiful things about our ʻōlelo mākuahine (mother tongue) is the depth of even the simplest of words. Multiple meanings allows for nuance and multiple poetic interpretations.The word "lau" means leaf, but it also (amongst other things) means design. Nā Lau is made up of multiple lau (designs/leaves) that are important to kānaka maoli for food, medicine, lei & more: Lauaʻe, Kalo, ʻUlu, ʻUala, ʻAwa and Hōʻiʻo.