This past week Chan spent some quality time on the beautiful island of Kauai. Knowing that she draws inspiration from all of her travels, I was curious to find out more on the history of Hawaiian jewelry.
In the 4th and 5th century, the jewelry was constructed from the materials around them- shells, coral, bark, bone, feathers, seeds, teeth, hair, and whale ivory. Designs like fish, sea turtles, and canoes reflected an isolated island life. One of the most sought after kinds of jewelry, was a hook-shaped necklace , lei niho palaoa. The lei niho palaoa was only worn by the ali`i, or the high ruling chief.
The lei niho palaoa symbolized strength and power, and the spirit of the gods was said to be passed on to the wearer.
Known in Hawaiian as the makau, the fish hook pendant promises its wearer strength, prosperity and good luck. In the early days of Polynesian settlement in Hawaii, the ancient fishermen created fish hooks out of every available material they could find. Using tools and files made from stone and coral, they chipped and carved fish hooks out of shell, wood and bone. These necklaces are Chan Luu’s modern take on the makau.
Chan shared some of her personal pictures from this past visit. Here she is on a lake in Kauai.
Catching up with her good friend, musician/surfer, Donovan Frankenreiter, was a must.
Chan relaxed at the lake by Donovan’s house with his wife, Petra, and adorable sons Hendrix and Ozzy.
Donovan’s children in particular were obsessing over their Chan Luu wrap bracelets….even while they’re hard at work.
Hendrix Frankenreiter (left), he’s already an amazing surfer like his dad.
Ozzy Frankenreiter (right), says his friends are jealous because he’s wearing Chan Luu while surfing. He’s only 6!
Chan’s love of the islands and Hawaiian culture makes its way into her designs, from her use of semi-precious stones to the care that goes into each handmade piece.
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