The quintessential vacation getaway that floats into mind when yearning for an escape, Hawaii’s charm lies in its irresistible natural beauty. It’s no surprise that Hawaiian jewelry design is deeply influenced by the little things that make this tropical haven so unique.
Island jewelry isn’t hard to find on Oahu, but for the finest in quality and craftsmanship, take a trip to the state’s oldest and largest jewelry manufacturer, Na Hoku
. Meaning “stars” in Hawaiian, the jeweler’s name is a nod to the ancient Polynesian voyagers that looked towards the twinkling night sky for directions on every journey. Since 1924, Na Hoku has also served as a guide to the island lifestyle by capturing all things Hawaii—from delicate plumeria flowers to swimming sea turtles—into its fine jewelry.
As one of Hawaii’s most well-known landmarks, Diamond Head can be seen sitting majestically above the shore on the east end of Waikiki. Locals normally refer to the crater by name when giving directions, opting to say, “head towards Diamond Head” rather than “head east.” A famous hiking trail offering coastal views, Diamond Head’s symbolic status makes it the ideal pendant.
The Diamond Head Pendant with a Round Diamond available in 14K Yellow, White or Rose Gold ($759). Chain included.
This familiar piece of footwear goes by many names: flip flops, jandals, thongs. But in Hawaii, we call them slippers (or “slippahs” if you’re really local). No matter where you look, it’s the classic sandal choice for everyday life. Although slippers are always left at the door when visiting a home, this is one exception that the host will be happy to have you wear inside.
Hawaiian Slipper Pendant with Abalone Inlay and Diamonds available in 14K Yellow, White or Rose Gold (from $679). Chain included. Matching Earrings available.
For some, it’s the destination; for others, it’s a pleasant discovery on the way to the top. Either way, there’s nothing quite like the sight of a gorgeous waterfall after a long hike. Inspired by this natural wonder, the Waterfall Pendant preserves that powerful rush of water cascading back down to Earth in gold.
Waterfall Pendant with Opal Inlay and Diamonds available in 14K Yellow or White Gold (from $1,599). Chain included. Matching Earrings available.
Regardless of how intricate or simple in design, a meaningful piece of Hawaiian jewelry will always make a statement. Think of your favorite memory in Hawaii and pick up a wearable keepsake to hold it close to the heart.
Na Hoku | (808) 926-7700 | www.nahoku.com
Growing throughout the dense forests of Hawaii, the mighty koa trees produce a rare type of wood that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. This legendary lumber is so highly regarded, it was once kapu—or forbidden—for anyone other than Hawaiian royalty to possess it.
Revered for its integrity and strength, it was originally used to build canoes and surfboards, but is now crafted into nearly anything from functional items (such as koa wood bowls or picture frames) to intricate wall art and sculptures. With its rich caramel color and one-of-a-kind grain pattern, no two pieces of koa wood are the same.
Aside from specialty koa wood furniture and jewelry, Under the Koa Tree
acts as a one-stop shop for artwork, accessories, gift items, and more. Best of all, everything is 100% made in Hawaii!
Under the Koa Tree | (808) 926-8733 | Facebook
Aloha Trooper Art Print (from $25)
iPhone Cases by Hawaii Surf Artist, Colleen Wilcox (from $39.99)