Updated on November 2021. Here are the top five favorites of Kākou Collective Owner/Founder, Kea Peters:
Meaningful Collection: Kamanu'ailehua I believe that art makes you feel something and has meaning. I feel so much with this collection not only because it is a collection inspired by and created for my son, it is a collection that I got to collaborate with one of my favorite Native Hawaiian business owners, Leilani ofthe Keiki Dept.
First Boxed Set
Our first ever boxed set is technically Lei Punahele. In May 2020, right after I drew my first lei mobile wallpaper (Puakenikeni), I wanted to create this collection. Bringing this to life took so much time and going back and forth with our manufacturer to find the best size for our lei so that it would resemble lei. The foil nature of this collection was the hardest to nail down and took over 30 drafts over the course of a year to get right in regards to the thickness - too much foil is definitely a thing. I am so happy with the end result!
First and forever favorite: Puakenikeni Pua and Lei Puakenikeni
I know this is somewhat of a cheat because these are two products, but they are truly the pieces that lit something in me. Creating washi has been on my bucket list forever. Puakenikeni Pua is the first local favorite flower that we released and its still a hui favorite. Lei Puakenikeni is the first local favorite lei that we released and it kicked off our lei series.
Traveling Artwork: Lei Pepili Wainola
I love these lei pepili wainola (vinyl stickers) because my art gets to travel with me wherever I go, and these lei are going to last awhile!!! If I could add one thing to it, I'd make them hold their iconic fragrance.
This is truly a happy project. I love puns just as much as the next planner girl, but very few can be found with our native plants. I'm so happy to find a creative and fun way to put our native plants out into the world and with a local printer!