Announcement Kipuka Kai creates unique koa wood earrings inspired by native Hawaiian species
Kipuka Kai creates unique koa wood earrings inspired by native Hawaiian species
Unique koa wood earrings inspired by native Hawaiian species
Hawai`i is one of the most isolated archipelagos in the world. This has resulted in high rates of species endemism and unique ecosystems. The name Kipuka Kai stems from my love of the Hawaiian kipukas, and the ocean. A kipuka is a forested area where lava has flowed around, fragmenting it into smaller ‘land islands,’ while kai means ocean.
Most of my designs are stylized native, endemic or indigenous, Hawaiian species. All earrings are laser cut in Hilo on the island of Hawai`i with Koa wood and sterling silver findings. Acacia koa is an endemic tree species found across the Hawaiian Islands. The wood is prized for its beautiful glow, curl, and color variations, making each pair of earrings unique.
Owner, Maker, Designer
Erin is a scientist/artist inspired by nature. She has a Botany masters degree from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and has gained a passion for Hawai`i's unique species which she infuses into her designs.
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How to care for your earrings
IMPORTANT - The intricate designs are as delicate as they look, please be very careful not to put pressure on them and keep them in a safe place, such as a box or hanging when not worn. Do not put them in your pocket or purse loosely. They can be caught on hair or clothing. Please be conscious of their delicate nature. Tung oil can be re-applied to earrings over time - this oil is natural and hardens in a few days to provide water resistance and strength to the wood.
Because koa wood is a natural product, your earrings may have differences from those pictured. Koa is also a variable wood that may appear darker or lighter then shown.