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Collection: Merrie Monarch Collection

In honor of Merrie Monarch (known as the “olympics” of hula) and my home town, Hilo—

I present the “Ipu” Collection. 

Each of the pieces in this collection contain genuine Koa beads and/or Swarovski Pearls with Sterling Silver or 14k Gold-filled components.

The “Ipu” is a musical instrument that is used prevalently in Hawaiian culture. It is typically made from a gourd that has been hollowed out. If you watch the Merrie Monarch this week, you’ll hear and see it every night, but mainly Friday, Hula Kahiko night; Halau (hula groups) will perform ancient dances. 

I remember, back in my high school days, hearing many of my friends talking about how prestigious it is to be selected to perform in the Merrie Monarch. Then, if they were selected, how grueling the practices and schedule were. The week of Merrie Monarch, all the girls that were to perform had their hair in braids to prepare for the Hula Kahiko night. It was normal for me to see this. Then the feeling of pride when I got to see one of my friends dancing on TV—tickets were and are hard to get! 😜. As I look back now, I have a feeling of nostalgia and pride that my hometown is host to such a prestigious event. Good luck to all the halau participating this week!

8 products
  • Swarovski Pearl and Koa Bracelet
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    $45.00
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    $45.00
  • Koa and Tahitian Pearl Earrings
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    $78.00
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    $78.00
  • Freshwater Pearl and Koa Bracelet
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    $52.00
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    $52.00
  • Tahitian Pearl and Koa Bracelet
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    $75.00
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    $75.00
  • Koa Bracelet
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    $52.00
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    $52.00
  • Koa Bracelets
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    $45.00
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    $45.00
  • “Ipu” Earrings
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    $45.00
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    $45.00
  • “Ipu” Circle Earrings
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    $45.00
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    $45.00