I’m Valerie, the lei maker behind Hakus & Love! I’m living my dream life in beautiful Newport Beach California, married to my best friend & mother to the cutest baby girl ever, Goldie.

Ive been a dancer ever since i could walk & living by the ocean i naturally got into a local hula halau to live my island princess dreams. my kumu hula, lea & her family, instilled such a love & respect in me for hawaiian culture and taught me to cherish the traditions.

Ive always had a love for flowers & studied floral design in collage “just for fun” but never had plans to work in the industry. florals for me have always just been for the love of it. once i learned lei making i was hooked. I loved the fact that it held sacred tradition & i felt this overflowing of gratefulness every time i would adorn someone with a crown of flowers. i started hakus & love as an outpouring of creativity & excitement to celebrate others. my whole heart goes into this lei art. every flower & leaf are placed with such thought, to make you feel cherished, beautiful, powerful, wonderful & loved.