Niʻihau Shell Leis for Collectors

The Ni‘ihau shell leis in our “Collectors” category are personally selected for their quality and rarity by Maui Hands owner Panna Cappelli. A proud supporter of the talented individuals who carry on this fine folk art, Maui Hands carries one of the largest selection of Ni’ihau shell leis in Hawai’i.

Nestled in the flaming sunsets visible across the Kaulakahi channel from the northernmost inhabited Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i, the mysterious island of Ni‘ihau has been privately owned since 1864. Often called the Forbidden Island, Ni‘ihau not only has its own dialect of the Hawaiian language but also has its own unique history and culture. Exquisite lei made from tiny shells gathered on the deserted shores of Ni‘ihau were first brought to the attention of the courts of Europe when Queen Kapi‘olani traveled to London to attend Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1887. Today, collectors as well as casual consumers are still able to experience and even own a sampling of this unique aspect of Ni‘ihau culture. (Information courtesy of the Ni‘ihau Cultural Heritage Foundation)

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Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 40-Inch 4-Strand Laiki - PANC1248

Ni‘ihau Collectors’ Lei, 40-Inch 4-Strand Laiki

$7,850.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 52-Inch 3-Strand Poleho and Momi - PANC1247

Ni‘ihau Collectors’ Lei, 52-Inch 3-Strand Poleho & Momi

$9,700.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 42-Inch 5-Strand Heliconia - PANC1245

Ni‘ihau Collectors’ Lei, 42-Inch 5-Strand Heliconia

$18,200.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 42-Inch 5-Strand Kipona - PANC1246

Ni‘ihau Collectors’ Lei, 42-Inch 5-Strand Kipona

$14,550.00
Ni‘ihau Collectors' Lei, 32/34/36-Inch Kipona - PANC1118

Ni‘ihau Collectors’ Lei, 32/34/36-Inch 3-Strand Kipona

$6,900.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 46-Inch, 3-Strand Momi Keokeo - PANC1235

Ni‘ihau Collectors’ Lei, 46-Inch 3-Strand Momi Keokeo

$7,200.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 44-Inch 5-Strand Momi - PANC1146

Ni‘ihau Collectors’ Lei, 44-Inch 5-Strand Momi

$12,500.00
Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 33" 7-Strand Mauna Loa by Corey Karleen - Full Length - PANC1056

Ni‘ihau Collectors’ Lei, 33-Inch 7-Strand Mauna Loa ‘ula’ula

$15,000.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 48-Inch 12-Strand Baby Momi - PANC1150

Ni‘ihau Collectors’ Lei, 48-Inch 12-Strand Baby Momi

$9,000.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 36-Inch 3-Strand Kipona - PANC1153

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

$11,000.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 38-Inch 5-Strand Pikake Momi Keokeo - PANC1057

Ni‘ihau Collectors’ Lei, 38-Inch 5-Strand Pikake Momi Keokeo

$12,500.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 42-Inch 3-Strand Laiki Kahakaha Ikaika - PANC1234

Ni‘ihau Collectors’ Lei, 42-Inch 3-Strand Laiki Kahakaha Ikaika

$7,600.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 40 inch 5 Strand Heliconia

Ni’ihau Collectors’ Lei, 40-Inch 5-Strand Heliconia

$19,000.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 40 inch 4 Strand White Momi, Vintage

Ni’ihau Collectors’ Lei, 40-Inch 4-Strand White Momi, Vintage

$5,500.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 41 inch 3 Strand Pikake With Poleho Ikaika

Ni’ihau Collectors’ Lei, 41-Inch 3-Strand Pikake With Poleho Ikaika

$18,250.00
Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 44"/46"/48" 3-Strand Kipona with 14K Gold Clasp by Corey Karleen - Full Length - PANC1055

Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 44″/46″/48″ 3-Strand Kipona

$14,000.00
Niʻihau Collectors' Lei, 19" 5-Strand Patch Patch Mauna Loa

Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 19″ 5-Strand Patch Patch Mauna Loa

$5,600.00
Niʻihau Collectors' Lei, 50" 3-Strand Kipona, Vintage. Pristine condition.

Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 50″ 3-Strand Kipona, Vintage

$13,200.00
Niʻihau Collectors' Lei, 32" 3-Strand Deluxe Kipona. Crafted by master artisan Kaleialoha Roback.

Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 32″ 3-Strand Deluxe Kipona

$19,000.00
Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 37″ 12-Strand Mauna Loa. Crafted by master artisan Corey Karleen.

Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 37-Inch 12-Strand Mauna Loa

$19,500.00
Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 37.5″ and 34″ 2-Strand Coconut - Full Length - PANJ1003

Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 37.5/34-Inch 2-Strand Coconut

$7,800.00
Niʻihau Collectors' Lei, 55" 3-Strand Kipona. Crafted by master artisan Kalei Beniamina.

Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 55″ 3-Strand Kipona

$21,000.00
Ni'ihau Collectors' Lei, 48" 3-Strand Kipona. Crafted by master artisan Corey Karleen.

Ni’ihau Collectors’ Lei, 48″ 3-Strand Kipona

$12,500.00
Niʻihau Collectors' Lei, 56" 3-Strand Kipona. Crafted by master artisan Corey Karleen.

Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 56″ 3-Strand Kipona

$18,000.00
Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 48″ 2-Strand Kipona. Crafted by master artisan Kaleialoha Roback.

Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 48″ 2-Strand Kipona

$5,200.00
Niʻihau Collectors' Lei, 22" 6-Strand Kipona Crochet. Crafted by master artisan Imi Kanahele.

Niʻihau Collectors’ Lei, 22″ 6-Strand Kipona Crochet

$7,500.00

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