Electric light fixtures handcrafted in Hawaiʻi
Since 1967, Malama Torches™ have been the ultimate expression of the Hawaiian tiki torch. Hand-crafted in stainless steel to withstand the salt air of Hawaiʻi nei, these lu`au torches bring the romance of the islands to your home or business. Each Malama Torch™ is an individual work of art created by Manu and Leilehua. Now available in tabletop and pendant versions!
Click on the images to learn more about the subjects depicted on each Malama Torch™.
Pua Malama Uila™
The first of the Malama Torch™ designs created by Don Yuen, Pua remains especially beloved by those who remember the early days of gracious hotels on Hawai`i Island.
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was the very first property to showcase the Malama Torch™. This premier resort continues to use the iconic PUA design to this day.
Pua is the Hawaiian word for “flower” and poetically refers to a child. Don Yuen’s artistic legacy continues on in the work of his pua, his daughter Leilehua Yuen.
ʻOhe Malama Torch™
Another Don Yuen design, the ʻOhe is inspired by the bamboo of these tropical islands.
ʻOhe was used to make lamakū, tall torches with bamboo handles which held burning kukui nuts or oil-soaked kapa wicks.
The ʻohe also was used to make the ʻohe hano ihu, traditional bamboo nose flute of Hawaiʻi which is used in courting. What an ideal torch to sit beneath while playing the flute for one’s sweetheart!
Bird of Paradise Malama Torch™
The graceful bird of paradise flower inspired Don Yuen to create this Malama Torch™.
Just like the flower, this torch is all about romance and drama. When it is lit, one practically expects Delores del Rio to dance in its light!
Of course, torchlight is so beautiful, that it shows anyone to be as romantic as a movie star, so find a pareu, make a lei, and dance the night away!
Aka Malama Torch™
Also designed by Don Yuen, the chalice shaped Aka (“shadow” in Hawaiian) throws dramatic shadows on the surrounding ground.
The torch provides a shimmering vessel to hold the flame, evoking a sense of mystery and romance.
Although it can certainly hold a flame the same size as the other Malama Torches™, at two-thirds their height, the Aka is especially suited to areas where a low, quiet flame is wanted to create an atmosphere is contemplation.
Lauaʻe Malama Torch™
The first Malama Torch™ designed by Don Yuen’s daughter, Leilehua Yuen, she draws on her experience as a hula dancer and lei maker to express the beauty of the lauaʻe, the maile-scented fern.
The electrical version is quite attractive as landscape lighting, set close to the ground amidst plantings of ferns or other foliage.
All Malama Torches™can be set up as either gas or electrical.
Waʻa Malama Torch™
Designed by Leilehua at the suggestion of her husband, Manu Josiah, this torch celebrates the voyaging spirit of the sailing canoes and their crews.
All Malama Torches™, except Aka, can be modified to be Honu Safe.
To purchase the tabletop version shown, and electrical versions, write info@LeiManu.com. As shown, these torches are suitable for candles and lamp oil inserts, including the citronella and colored oils.
To purchase Malama Torches™ for gas-fired installations, visit Beachside Lighting and Design. Please remember, each Malama Torch™ is individually handcrafted, so there are variations, and no two torches are identical. They will look slightly different from the photographs.
For custom designs on torches, contact info@LeiManu.com.