HONOLULU - Meleana grew up sitting with her Tutu (grandmother) while she created beautiful combinations of flowers into her coveted Haku lei's.  This immersion of flowers as her basis for inspiration grew into a love for beautiful bright bold floral fabrics.  In 2004, with a large collection of treasured vintage fabrics she launched her handbag line.  Each bag was one of a kind, celebrating the fabric's color, texture and uniqueness.  She then migrated to New York to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology and hone her skills as a fashion designer.  With eyes wide open she immersed herself in New York City as her knowledge and style grew and refined, but ultimately her muse, her island home called her back.  Returning to Hawaii, she has consulted and collaborated for numerous projects as well as working under her Aunty and mentor Danene Lunn of the widely popular contemporary aloha wear line, Manuheali'i.

Her next class is tonight at Aloha Superette in Kaneohe, visit meleana.com for more information!