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Learn to make spectacular haku lei with The Happy Haku and share the aloha

Lei making made-easy

You can’t go to a special occasion in Hawaii without fresh flower lei. Making one yourself is a personal touch that allows you to share your love and aloha with those most dear to you. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is learning what it takes to make a haku lei with Jen Johnson from The Happy Haku.

The Happy Haku is a full-service floral design studio focusing on “the modern haku.” Although it offers many designs that lean traditional, Johnson also offers bolder, more tropical looks for customers to choose from. At The Happy Haku, you’ll also find gold haku, a more unique style. You may recognize it as a style worn by local singer-songwriter Kimie Miner, a great supporter of Johnson’s designs. “Creating for her and her album themes has been one of my biggest highlights this year!” Johnson said.

The Happy Haku will be setting up a pop up shop and holding workshops at Lei Palm at Ala Moana Center throughout the summer. While it offers workshops available to the public, you can also book The Happy Haku for individual lessons or even private events and parties.

During private sessions, you can enjoy the personal experience of having a flower crown workshop show up at your front door. The package is designed for a more intimate experience and tutorial of flower creations and the art of creating a flower crown. The Happy Haku will travel to you and set up shop in your home or hotel suite, styling you out in aloha so that you can take the art of flower crowning with you.

You can also share the aloha with a Happy Haku Bar. The Happy Haku provides the flowers, clippers, ribbons and a personal flower coach. Let your guests go wild on some tropical blooms to create their own flower crown masterpiece! This is a package customized for each event, so for those interested email

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