creative force behind Hana Hou Productions is one individual
- award winning graphic artist
Melissa Casey [pictured at right] - who began designing
invitations when she & her husband-to-be could not
find “the perfect” design for their 2001
Oahu Wedding. Having lived in Hawai’i for several
years, both fell in love with the islands and wanted
an invitation design to reflect the unique beauty of
their island home. Since that time Melissa has expanded
the available designs, striving to create simple, yet
beautiful invitation designs that reflect the island
lifestyle - from the Caribbean to the South Pacific.
Now back on the mainland, Melissa has been developing
designs on other topics and is actively exploring the
use of other design mediums from handmade papers and
hand-dyed silk ribbons to custom made invitation boxes
Melissa now resides outside Chicago (a.k.a. the Windy
City) and in mid 2006 switched to a local Chicago printer
for the printing of her invitations. The printer Melissa
started with in Hawai'i sadly closed its doors in the
summer of 2006, so Melissa had to quickly find another
high-quality printer - and pull the old website since
that pricing was no longer valid [it needed a new look
anyhow]. The later part of 2006 Melissa spent creating
a new logo and working on the design for this
new website - and implementing it before the Spring
2007 rush - no small task! Previously, Melissa was employed
as a front-end web developer (designer), so she is all
too familiar with various web and graphic desgin software.
of the invitation orders received by Hana Hou Productions
are via this website, and thus Melissa has extensive
experience working with individuals via email. Each
and every client is different and has special needs
pertaining to their individual order, and so Melissa
works closely with each person to ensure those needs
(and desires) are satisfied.
Many clients based on the mainland have asked Melissa:
"How do you pronounce "Hana Hou"?"
It's pronounced Ha-na-Ho (not "Ha-na-Who").
"Hana Hou" is a Hawaiian phrase meaning "encore",
so "Encore Productions".