Learn to make Niihau shell jewelry


Just in time to help you create your own spectacular Niihau shell adornments for the Merrie Monarch Festival, Kele Kanahele, a master shell lei-maker from the island of Niihau, returns to the Lyman Museum to teach this authentic art of Hawaii from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 11-12.

You can choose to attend both or either day.

Necklaces (lei), bracelets and earrings created in the pikake style can be made using either momi ke‘oke‘o shells (white) or momi lenalena shells (yellow).

Choose your color when making your reservation.

On either day you can learn how to make an 18-inch necklace ($205), a bracelet ($85) or a pair of earrings ($65) — or more than one piece, as long as you sign up for specific pieces in advance.

Space is limited to 24 persons per day; only people who registered will be permitted in the classroom.

Reservations must be made, pieces and colors specified and fees paid by Friday, April 4, to ensure your place and the availability of shells.

For more information, call 935-5021 or stop by the museum.

 

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