Ni‘ihau Shell Workshops

October 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720
Ni‘ihau jewelry in the ponapona style

Ni‘ihau jewelry in the ponapona style

Master craftsman and artist, Kele Kanahele of the Island of Ni‘ihau, has created—for the first time ever!—a set of original Ni‘ihau shell jewelry designs in the breathtaking colors of Ni‘ihau’s native “gems” … and he can teach you how to make your own pieces in this ponapona style at the Lyman Museum!  Visit his acclaimed workshop twice in October:

 Friday, October 20                                                    10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Saturday, October 21                                               10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

On either day you will learn how to make a 22-inch necklace/lei, or a pair of earrings, or a bracelet, in the new ponapona style, using both black poleho and the more rare honey-gold poleho shells—both augmented with your choice of momi ke‘oke‘o or momi lenalena shells.  Prices vary according to Museum membership, but are exceptionally reasonable!  You may, of course, create more than one piece, as long as you sign up for specific pieces in advance.  You may also create the entire 4-piece set for less than it would cost to make the pieces individually!  Space is limited to 24 persons per day; only people who have registered can be permitted in the classroom.  Reservations must be made, pieces and shell colors specified, and the workshop fee(s) paid by Friday, October 13, to ensure your place and the availability of shells. 

Learn to create these one-of-a-kind treasures of Ni‘ihau from a master—and give a uniquely Hawaiian gift (to yourself, perhaps?)!  For pricing and other information, please call 935-5021 ext. 101 or stop by the Museum’s Admissions desk.