Kahelelani & Sunrise Shell Jewelry
Unique treasures await you to be discovered while exploring the majestic beauty this island offers. Be sure not to miss the captivating gifts from the ocean.
Many Hawaiian shells are indigenous to the island chain; some are not only collected but as rare as insurable gems. We specialize in Kahelelani and Sunrise shells. Each piece is handmade and therefore one-of-a-kind. There are several designs showcased here. The Herringbone design is the traditional Hawaiian custom for leis. The Rope and Loom Weave designs are both original techniques for a truly unique piece of jewelry.
Kahelelani shells were made popular by the Royal Hawaiian culture of Niihau and have now become a favorite of visitors alike. Shells have been collected and strung into leis to adorn royalty and to be worn at special ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. They were given to the deceased as a final Aloha to their loved ones. Now they are donned for every occasion and treasured for their natural beauty.
The island of Niihau is inaccessible to the public, though Kahelelani and Sunrise shells may also be found on various beaches throughout the island chain. Sunrise shells are richly colored and probably the rarest and most collectable of Hawaiian shells. Few people in the world will have the opportunity to experience these unique treasures. They are a blessing to discover ... and an honor to share.