Ni‘ihau Collectors’ Lei, 36-Inch 3-Strand Kipona

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This museum quality, 36-inch, 3-strand Kipona lei features momi (dove shells) keʻokeʻo waha ʻulaʻula, lenalena, lenalena kahakaha, and ʻōnikiniki ʻeleʻele woven Pikake-style (like the flower) and includes sections of kahelelani (turban shells) ʻākala pua, ʻōmaʻomaʻo, kāmoa lenalena, ʻeleʻele, and the extremely rare ʻākala wai pāpipi woven Mauna Loa-style. Perfectly balanced with the same shells in the Heliconia (like the flower) weave on the drop section of the lei.

Finished with two puka shells and a single pōleholeho ʻāpuʻupuʻu (cowrie shell, bumpy).


Medium: Niʻihau Shell
Size: 36"


About The Artist ~ Corey’s Story

As a small child, I could walk out of my house – right onto Haena Beach – and delve into an amazing world of beautiful shells. Hearing the story of Ni’ihau shells when I was 8 years old, I focused on their cousin shells from Kaua’i and started to tediously pick these very small specimens, making my first rustic lei when I was just 10. But ages 16 through 21 were the years I became a competent lei maker.

For love, I moved to the mainland for 10 years and, upon my return, continued studying the art of shell lei through my favorite childhood book, Ni’ihau Shell Leis by Linda Park. I was truly inspired to make the leis in the book and could feel the passion running through my blood, and deep in my soul. I told myself I would do whatever it takes to carry on this amazing tradition. I hope that, when looking at this art, other people feel the same sense of awe that inspired me to create my leis.

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