Our Story

Keani Hawai'i started as exclusively as an online jewelry boutique in 2011, featuring designs by owner, Keani Le'a Barnes, who was born on the island of Hawai'i and raised on Maui.  She began as a stay-at-home mom, working at night with a humble hobby job making handmade jewelry.  Over time, she sought to design unique pieces that differentiated her from other jewelry-makers and also highlighted her love for love for the ocean, for style, and for her Hawaiian roots. 

Starting with her Mermaid Scales Line, and one collection at a time, she slowly made her mark and grew her business, primarily with the help of Instagram.  Now, 9 years later, she has over 11k authentic Instagram followers (and growing!) who have enabled her to launch two retail stores/boutiques on Maui, while also continuing to sell actively online.  

As a designer, Keani embraces sleek simplicity, incorporates the laid back slipper/flip flop-wearing lifestyle, all while mixing in a pop of unforgettable, unique designs you will feel beautiful wearing! Her jewelry is the juxtaposition of the rustic and the refined, the raw and the radiant, the organic and the outrageous...

And now her retail stores have expanded!  With a love for many types of fashion, she now incorporates other local and niche brands into her stores so customers can now take part in an even more complete experience.  Come shop with us at our Makawao or Ka'anapali (Whaler's Village) boutiques or online! Mahalo! xoxo