Brian Choy is a student of the late Irmalee and Walter Pomroy. He met them in the late 1970’s and took every opportunity to watch them make lei. Brian and his family had a quick wili lei making session from Joyce Davis as part of Beatrice Krauss’s Ethnobotany of Hawaii class at Lyon Arboretum in the mid-1970’s. Brian first entered the City and County of Honolulu May Day Lei Competition in 1976 with his brother Reyn. Brian, family and friends entered the Lei Competition for the next three decades. During the many years of making lei, Brian learned how to make lei using the different Hawaiian lei making methods - kui, hili, kipuu, haku, wili, and humapapa.
Brian teaches lei making at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.