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April 27, 2020

Our Most Beauty-Licious Flower Crowns for Hawaii Family Portraits


We love when our clients add a pop of color to their family portraits in Hawaii– and what’s more colorful (or more popping) than a traditional flower crown?  Known as lei po’o or haku lei in Hawaiian, these rings of beauty are staples in the art of hula and add a touch of culture and island style to any outfit. With master craftsmanship, the flowers and greenery are woven to face outward and make an unforgettable impression. It’s little wonder why these crowns of nature’s bounty are so treasured in the islands! 

In fact, we’re so head-over-heels about them, we’ve compiled this stellar collection of the most beauty-licious flower crowns we’ve had the pleasure of photographing! Remember that field of poppies in The Wizard of Oz? That’s pretty much the effect of these gorgeous leis–you’ll be dizzy with a flower crown obsession! It’s already too late for us… But if you think you’re ready, keep swiping! 

Sunny Vibes

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Dizon Family • Sunset Portrait • Baldwin Beach

First up in our flower-power collection is the Dizon Family! We love how the sunburst crowns pull together the whole crew’s getup. With Dad and the ladies sporting ocean vibes and brother drawing inspiration from the Maui sun, the blooms of orange and yellow perfectly harmonize the whole ensemble while bringing out the shimmery golden tones of the late afternoon.

Nature’s Beauty

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Rith Family • Sunset Portrait • Southside BeachPetite Maui Floral

Next up is the Rith Family, all adorned in shades of white and adorableness! We’re in love with Mom and baby’s matching style. With plenty of textures, variety, and color, their flower crowns bring out the elegant patterns in Mom’s dress while beautifully integrating rustic Hawaiian greenery.   

Simple and Soft

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Heidi & Dominic Maternity • Morning Portrait • Honolua Jungle & Ironwoods Beach

Joining the crown party is Heidi & Dominic, who both beam with the soft, magical love of maternity. Wearing a baby pink flower crown that brings out the hues of her dress and glowing cheeks, Heidi looks radiant on the Maui shore and tropical jungle. The fresh roses of her haku lei pair beautifully with the classic cut of her gown. And how perfect is the symbolism behind these blooms? Gratitude, grace, and joy… do three words better describe the cherished feeling of carrying a little one? 

Fit for a Queen

Karma Hill’s Birthday Portrait • Morning Portrait • Secret Locations • Dellables Floral

This gorgeous boss queen, and the owner of Karma Hill Photography, added these stunning flower crowns to her milestone celebration shoot when she turned 40 and Fabulous! Well, she was already fabulous, and it sure does show in this photoshoot. She’s adorned in a plush white floral crown on the left and a rustic crown of greenery on the right with just a touch of color. Love! Love! Love!!

Goddess Style

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Freeman Family • Sunset Portrait • Ironwoods BeachPetite Maui Floral

Charming their way into our flower collection is the Freeman Family! We’re obsessed with the pops of color and lush ferns of their flower crowns. Draped in gowns of soft, feminine tones, their vivid blooms draw the eye to three equally glowing faces… there’s definitely a storybook out there that’s missing its fairies!

Queen’s Gear

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Cheynice & Tyler • Sunset Portrait • Southside BeachBella Bloom

With two on-point outfits and flower crowns to match, Cheynice & Tyler set the bar for haku lei must-haves! We love the variety of color and texture in her lei po’o. With rich hues to spice up the dark ruby and soft creams to add a touch of elegance to her beachy cottons, Cheynice is a queen… and she’s got the crown to prove it!

Gentle Spring

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Grotkowski Family • Sunset Portrait • Sugar BeachDellables Floral

The Grotkowski Fam twirls into the lineup with delicate haku leis that subtly pop with a variety of contours, sizes, and color contrasts. The dark greenery set behind a burst of roses infuses these golden photos with a drop of wonderland. These delicate flower crowns are perfect for a mother-daughter portrait and remind us of the beauty of early spring.

Full Bloom

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Stevens Family • Sunset Portrait • Honolua Jungle & Beach • Dellables Floral

If the crowns above are the delicate beginning of spring, then the Stevens’ are spring in full bloom! Bursting with colors and an endless variety of blossoms, these haku lies makes us think of maypoles and fields of wildflowers. What a fun way to add some spunk to the pure and beautiful Maui backdrops!  

Traditional Grace

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Ciriello Family • Sunset Portrait • Southside Beach

Wearing a gorgeous array of blossoms and greenery, the Ciriello Family bursts into our collection! With pinks and lush blooms for Mom, and delicate white roses for her daughter, this special vow renewal was graced with a touch of island style. We love how each crown highlights their individuality while perfectly complementing their outfits.

Abundance of Blooms

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Calista Senior Portrait • Sunset Portrait • Lahaina Shores Beach

Sporting a haku lei that’s overflowing with wild blooms is our radiant high school senior, Calista! We love the way her crown emulates the foam of the churning sea and vividly stands out against the island greenery. Calista’s lively crown is only matched by her beautiful spirit!

Sprite Style

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Smith Family • Sunset Portrait • Southside Beach

We love the matching crowns of the Smith girls! This sweet fam also made an appearance in our top dressed list, and it’s easy to see why. With their beachy hair, their flower crowns bursting with white roses, and their custom-designed gowns, this trio has us dreaming of forest sprites and wise princesses.

Subtle Yet Vivid

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Tonnu Family • Morning Portrait • Baby Beach

Carrying their way into our lineup is the Tonnu Family! With the crew draped in all white, it’s the pink and emerald flower crown that adds a splash of color to the party. This haku lei is so fresh, you’d almost think these blooms are silk! But trust us, they’re just as lively and sweet as this kiddo! 

Bursting With Pink

Warrick Family • Sunset Portrait • Ironwoods BeachCrowns made by Mom

Bringing our collection to a spunky and cute finish is the Warrick Family! This fam lets the little ones shine in their own lei po’o while incorporating small touches to bring the whole crew together. Mom’s barrette floral pulls inspiration from the haku leis with a simple yet unique twist. While Dad proudly sports a shirt that ties in with his girls’ flower crowns! Who doesn’t love a guy in pink? 

No matter what you’re wearing or what type of portrait you’re hoping to capture, a flower crown is a great way to add a splash of color and beauty while incorporating a traditional Hawaiian touch. Our talented friends at Dellables and Petite Maui expertly create floral works of art that you can’t help falling in love with. These blooms are the perfect add-on to any Hawaii family portrait!

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Karma Hill - Hawaii
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Karma Hill is the owner of Karma Hill Photography, Simple Maui Wedding, Simple Oahu Wedding, and Simple Hawaii Wedding, marking a significant presence in the Hawaii wedding community since 2007. With a wealth of experience and a vast collection of informative posts on weddings and photography in Hawaii, Karma Hill offers unparalleled expertise. Explore the world of photography and wedding planning across Hawaii by visiting Karma's websites.

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