Ni’ihau Shell Workshops with Kumu Kele Kanahele

March 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am – March 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Ni’ihau shell jewelry set in the pikake style. Kumu Kele Kanahele. Photo courtesy of Kumu Kele.

Just in time for Merrie Monarch, Kumu Kele Kanahele of the Island of Ni‘ihau returns to teach the authentic creation of Ni‘ihau shell jewelry!  Visit his acclaimed workshop twice in March:

Friday, March 29                        10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 30                   10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

On either day you may learn how to make an 22-inch necklace/lei ($370 Museum members, $380 nonmembers) or a pair of earrings ($75 members, $85 nonmembers) in the pikake style, using momi ke`oke`o shells (white) or momi lenalena shells (yellow).  You may, of course, create more than one piece, as long as you sign up for specific pieces in advance

Give someone you love (yourself, perhaps?) this very special gift of the Hawaiian culture!

For more information, please call 935-5021 ext. 101 or stop by the Museum’s Admissions desk.

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 colors specified, and the workshop fee(s) paid by Friday, March 22, to ensure your place and the availability of shells. 


Lyman Museum   276 Haili St.   Hilo, HI   (808) 935-5021

The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural

history of Hawai‘i to tell the story of its islands and people.