Moloka'i Wana Hoops Earrings


The Earring: These hoops are hand shaped, hammered and 14kt Gold Filled. They consist of aqua chalcedony gems and molokai wana spines, a beautiful sea urchin found in the coastal waters of the Hawaiian Islands. They are 2.25" in length.

The Story of Wana and the Earrings:  Long-spined sea urchins, known collectively in Hawaiian as wana (pronounced “vah-na”), are found on reef flats and shallow reef slopes, where they are often wedged into crevices in the reef framework.  The wana used in these earrings are made with the helmet urchin spines--or hā’uke’uke-- found on Moloka'i.  The locals on Moloka'i enjoy eating these sea urchins as they are filled with thousands of scrumptious golden eggs.  Helmet urchin spines--or wana--have a lovlely purple color and are used in these totally unique earrings.  Aqua chacedony is also featured in these earrings to symbolize the aqua sandbars of the Friendly Isle.

The Story of our Hawaiian Partner: Kapua U’i is a delicate style of jewellery ,handmade in Hawaii with a strong foundation and ties in Hawaiian culture. It is a brand that encompasses the deeper beauty in ourselves. The jewellery designer, Tammy Kapua U'i Dunnam, was born and raised on Moloka'i in the Hawaiian islands. From diving to collect shells and materials to hammering, wire bending, packaging and selling her jewellery it's apparent that this single mother has nurtured her business much like another child of her own. Tammy has kindly adapted some of her designs for Island Essence.

Gift Options:

Free Gift Card Option:  On request, we are happy to include a free handwritten gift card--simply enter your message in the note section on checkout.  You can also choose if you prefer an "Aloha" card or a "Mele Kalikimaka" card. 

Gift Wrapping Service:  Stunning tropical gift wrap, ribbon, and a card for a small additional fee. Find under the gifts tab to add to your cart.

Sending to a Friend:  We are happy to send any gift(s) directly to the recipient, but each gift needs to be a separate order so the correct shipping and shipping details are applied.  There will be no pricing enclosed with the gift--just a packing slip (no prices).

Koa Gift Tags:  these koa wood ornaments from the Big Island also make a wonderful addition to any gift.  Please see these in "Hawaiian Home" or "Hawaiian Accessories."

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