This unique item is handmade by Cory Karleen. The tradition of sewing these shells into delicate lei of unsurpassed beauty has been passed down for generations. Shells are sorted by type, size, and quality, only then to be pierced with a sharp awl – unfortunately breaking many in the process. Artisans create their own beautiful designs, yet follow traditional weave patterns to craft culturally rich, wearable pieces of art. This unique 20-inch three strand piece includes Kahelelani Shells ‘Oma‘oma‘o (tan with a tint of green) Akala ika ika /waipa-pipi (solid strong pink) ‘Ula‘ula (burgundy/dark red) Maku’e (reddish brown) Kamoa ke’oke’o (ice cream) Kamoa ili alani (orange) and has a Puka Shell loop and clasp. Retail value $2,350.

Unique Three Strand Mauna Loa Lei

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This unique item is handmade by Cory Karline. The tradition of sewing these shells into delicate lei of unsurpassed beauty has been passed down for generations. Shells are sorted by type, size, and quality, only then to be pierced with a sharp awl – unfortunately breaking many in the process. Artisans create their own beautiful designs, yet follow traditional weave patterns to craft culturally rich, wearable pieces of art. This unique 20-inch three strand piece includes Kahelelani Shells ‘Oma‘oma‘o (tan with a tint of green) Akala ika ika /waipa-pipi (solid strong pink) ‘Ula‘ula (burgundy/dark red) Maku’e (reddish brown) Kamoa ke’oke’o (ice cream) Kamoa ili alani (orange) and has a Puka Shell loop and clasp. Retail value $2,350.

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