Mele Kahalepuna Chun
"Aunty" Mary Lou learned Hawaiian feathwork in the 1950's from Leilani Fernandez when she volunteered in the wardrobe department of Aloha Week. What started out as being part of wardrobe responsibility ended up becoming a lifetime passion.
"Aunty" Mary Lou taught countless people throughout Hawaii and beyond, shared her knowledge and love of featherwork and her legacy lives on. 2 generations of featherworkers perpetuated this art and now the 3rd generation continues. "Pehea kou piko?"
Skilled hands touch the feathers - Edith Kanaka'ole
"Aunty" Mary Louise Kaleonahenahe Wentworth Peck Kekuewa
Mele started learning featherswork at the early age of 5 from her Tutu, "Aunty" Mary Lou. She still has her first leihulu in their Kapahulu shop. But her love for featherwork didn't develop for many years. She taught classes and worshops along side her Tutu and Mom. She even gave talks, lectures and ran workshops for them when they were not available. Today, Mele carries on this family legacy with great pride and knows that her Tutu and Mom are with her every step of the way.
Na Lima Mili Hulu No'eau
Paulette or "Aunty" Pu'u learned from her mother, "Aunty" Mary Lou, when she was a senior in high school. Like her mother, featherwork became her life's passion. Paulette took Na Lima Mili Hulu No'eau to its' next level. In 1991 she, along with her Mother and Father, "Uncle" Paul, opened their feather shop in Kapahulu. Here, she taught and carried on their feather legacy. Paulette shared Hawaiian featherwork with the world through Museums, Halau, Cultural Groups and Organizations. Aloha ke Akua
Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna