In ancient Hawaii, jewelry played an important role and was used as a way to designate the tribe, nobility, marital status, class, and age. Ancient Hawaiians created jewelry from objects they found, such as seashells, coral, teeth, hair, bone, feathers, and whale ivory.
The history of Hawaiian jewelry is as rich as the jewelry itself. Before Hawaii became part of the United States, kings and queens ruled Hawaii. These kings and queens developed a cordial relationship with England. Notably, King David Kalakaua (the “Merrie Monarch”) received a beautiful bracelet for his sister, the Princess Liliuokalani in the year 1880 from Queen Victoria. The bracelet was stunning and engraved with black enameled lettering. Princess Liliuokalani was so infatuated with her gift she wore it every day for the rest of her life.
This is a colorful and informative collection of the evolution of Hawaiian Jewelry.
Kohana Au has long been associated with a number of projects throughout Polynesia and the Hawaiian Islands. As a Featured Writer for the Kauai Menu Magazine he has extensive first hand experience with the islands. Kohana Au shares his passion and knowledge of the culture, history and legends of these very special societies and people. "As a world traveler, sailor and adventurer I have had the wonderful opportunity to experience and enjoy many places and people. I hope I can share with you, my friends and readers, just some of these adventures and places. " Aloha - Me ke aloha pau ole "with best wishes without end"
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