Tuesday | December 12, 2017
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Shells from the Forbidden Isle: Jewelry craft workshop returns to Lyman Museum

Just in time for the holidays — and back by popular demand — master craftsman and artist Kele Kanahele of the island of Ni‘ihau returns to the Lyman Museum for workshops from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 15-16 to help you create a set of original Ni‘ihau shell jewelry in the breathtaking colors of Ni‘ihau’s native “gems.”

On either day of Kanahele’s acclaimed workshop, you will learn how to make a 22-inch necklace/lei in the new ponapona style, using either black poleho or the more rare honey-gold poleho shells — both augmented with your choice of momi ke‘oke‘o or momi lenalena shells, and your choice of red or pink kahelelani shells.

Earrings and bracelets will be made using black and honey-gold poleho shells, momi ke‘okeo and momi lenalena shells, and a choice of red or pink kahelelani shells. Prices vary according to museum membership, but are exceptionally reasonable. You can, of course, create more than one piece, as long as you sign up for specific pieces in advance.

Space is limited to 24 people per day; only those who have registered can be permitted in the classroom. Reservations must be made, pieces and shell colors specified, and the workshop fee(s) paid by Tuesday, Dec. 12, to ensure your place and the availability of shells.

For pricing and more information, call 935-5021, ext. 101, or stop by the museum’s admissions desk. The museum is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 276 Haili St. in Hilo.

 

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