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Niʻihau Shell Jewelry with Kai Hyde
December 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kai Hyde ran Hooked Gallery in Kamuela, Hawaiʻi Island for many years. Kai has been stringing Niʻihau lei for more than 24 years and is a Niʻihau shell lei expert, restorer, appraiser, maker, and teacher. He spends over 12 hours a day working with Niʻihau shells for clients and museums around the globe. His passion for Niʻihau shells started at a young age, when he first saw his Tutu’s collection. By the age of 13, he had made several lei of his own. He sees Niʻihau shells as Hawaiʻi’s gift from the sea. He is inspired by the beauty of the shells and the finished form they take. Many of the lei he has made take thousands of shells to finish, each of which has to be sorted, cleaned, and punctured in the same position by hand. All the lei he restores are done using traditional designs and techniques.
Come share Kai’s passion for this amazing art form at Kīpuka by Na Mea Hawaiʻi.
Niʻihau Shell Kit prices range from $30 to $270 and higher depending on the jewelry you would like to create.
Class limit is 20 participants. Reserve your seat by emailing Kai – email@example.com
Niʻihau Shell authentications will also be available during this time. Prices will vary for this service and can only be provided when you meet Kai.