ʻAʻaliʻikūmakani meaning ʻAʻaliʻi standing strong in the wind, is a design very special to me. ʻAʻaliʻikūmakani is a part of my daughter's middle name given to her by my uncle Holoʻua Stender. ʻAʻaliʻikūmakani is a name that means, "strength, perseverance and beauty." ʻAʻaliʻi is a small Hawaiian tree with beautiful red, maroon or yellowish-green seed pod flowers which can be braided into the most beautiful and natural Hawaiian lei. ʻAʻaliʻi grows abundantly in Puna and Kaʻu, high up on the volcano, in wet or dry-land forest, and in other places throughout Hawaiʻi. People marvel at the ʻAʻaliʻi because it is a tree that is beautiful, strong, resilient, and perseveres through tough times, including storms, strong winds and drought. ʻAʻaliʻi can withstand the strongest winds and gales and remain resilient and healthy.
This first collection ever designed represents the ʻAʻaliʻi. The story behind the design represents my first born daughter, Emsley. She is my light, my hope, my strength, my beauty and my life. When my husband Jairah and I were thinking of a Hawaiian name to give her, we wanted something that represented a little girl being bold, strong and being able to conquer the world through any trial and tribulations. She is the representation of beauty and strength.