by Kait Hanson for USA TODAY 10Best

10 Hawaii-based artists who can bring the tropics to you

While traveling to Hawaii might be a bit out of reach right now, here are 10 Hawaii-based makers who can bring the tropics to your home, no matter where you reside.

Meleana Estes

Image courtesy of Tahiti Kulia Huetter

Just call her the first lei-dy; Third-generation lei maker Meleana Estes and flowers are synonymous in the islands. Growing up on Kauai, Estes learned everything she practices and teaches about crafting leis from her tutu, Hawaiian for grandmother.

Sarah Caudle Art

Image courtesy of Connor Trimble

You could say the ocean resin-ates with Oahu-based Sarah Caudle, who creates cerulean-hued resin art reminiscent of Hawaii’s famed shorelines.

Jana Lam

Image courtesy of Jana Lam

Jana Lam’s goal is to create lifestyle accessories to emulate an endless summer, no matter your zip code.

Live A Lei Life

Image courtesy of Amanda Wong Wui

Amanda Iaukea Wongwui began making leis when she was 4 years old as a hula performer in Honolulu. When she turned her hobby into a business in 2018, Wongwui made it her mission to share the spirit of aloha with the world.

Lauren Roth Art

Image courtesy of Marissa Phillips-Wallace

One part graphic designer, one part artist and one part color, Lauren Roth uses a unique combination of watercolor, acrylic, ink, and paint markers to create her tropical-inspired masterpieces.

Cultivate Hawaii

Image courtesy of Cultivate Hawaii

Ever since the company’s launch, Merlin Edmonds has printed his simplistic Hawaiian landscape-inspired designs onto tea towels and beach bags using a bleach-free method that helps maintain the vibrant colors while reducing chemical usage.

Kim Sielbeck

Image courtesy of Jen May Pastores

Sielbeck’s whimsical designs have a laid-back vibe that channel the ultimate aloha lifestyle – colorful, carefree and fun.

Kamaka Hawaii

Image courtesy of Kamaka Hawaii

These are the makers of the famed pineapple ukulele, trademarked by a unique body shape and mellow sound. Established in 1916 by Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka, Kamaka Hawaii is the oldest family-run producer of ukuleles in the islands.

Nick Kuchar

Image courtesy of Andrew Rizer

Inspired by the early days of surf culture, muted colors and vintage typography, Kuchar uses a mix of acrylic washes and digital illustration to complete his trademark designs.

Lola Pilar Hawaii

Image courtesy of Kristen Reyno

Driven by a lineage of creative women in her family, photographer Kristen Reyno launched Lola Pilar Hawaii, photographic artwork inspired by traditional Hawaiian quilts.

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