Passion projects are what keep us all going, and so many of us dream of making our passion projects our full-time focus. While we’ve got our hands full with a ton of things besides Roam (running a family farm and honey business, coordinating weddings, family-life and client projects, to name a few!) we’re moving closer and closer towards the dream with every project we get. The most exciting part of it all is to experience our dreams coming to life alongside dear friends and vendors, who are making their dreams come true, too. And without further adieu, we wanted to celebrate the success of one of our dear friends and collaborator’s newest venture by giving you a sneak peak of her newest venture - Lei La’i Studio!
Lei La’i studio is the newly opened Kailua-based floral studio and event space by the beautiful and talented Pāmakani (you may know her on Instagram as @Ocean_Dreamerr ). We’ve been collaborating with Pomaikani for the past few years on everything from weddings to corporate events, creating some amazing custom floral installations (most recently for Tarte cosmetics) and bringing flower dreams to life for star-eyed brides here on O’ahu.
Pāmakani previously worked from a studio space fashioned at her home, but having this storefront space is going to enable her to bring her craft and gifts to more people, more publically, celebrating Hawai’i’s rich culture and natural beauty with our community in the process. We’re especially excited that the studio will serve as a rentable event space, hosting regular lei making workshops, both public and private. It’s also available for your dreamy occasion photoshoot (or those just-for-fun glamour shots), which are an Ocean Dreamer specialty (hellooooo @hibiskiss.love.tub!)
Lei La’i is open daily from 1-8pm at 438 Uluniu St in Kailua. In addition to an event space, the studio serves as a workspace for Ocean Dreamer floral art and a boutique local gift shop, featuring a rotating selection of locally made products. You’ll find all sorts of goodies and gifts, from hand-woven papale and jewelry, local art prints, to beauty and skincare products. For your floral needs, a flower bar of ready-made bouquets and one-of-a-kind Lei are daily staples. Pāmakani will run the studio with her daughter.
We were excited to help celebrate the studio’s opening by contributing to this photoshoot, providing design and styling support. Pāmakani used her own glorious peacock chair, which is now a regular fixture in the studio (snap a photo in it while you’re there!) but we helped create cozy vibes by bringing in rugs and pillows for this session. If you’re planning an upcoming shoot, between the two of us, we’ve got plenty of blooms, greenery and soft goods to set the ideal mood!
Stop by and say hi to Pāmakani next time you’re in Kailua. You’ll walk away in a better mood guaranteed (and probably with a new treasure to brighten your own day or that of lucky friend.)
Marina and The Roam Rentals Team
Special thanks to our Dream Team:
Venue: Lei La’i Studio
Photography: Jessica Pine
Hair and Make Up: Faith Bartruff
Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals
Florals: Ocean Dreamer Hawaii