Announcement Kipuka Kai creates unique koa wood earrings inspired by native Hawaiian species, based off of Hawai`i island
Kipuka Kai creates unique koa wood earrings inspired by native Hawaiian species, based off of Hawai`i island
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 an oasis of life where lava has flowed around a forest, fragmenting it into smaller ‘land islands,’ while kai means ocean. In a way the Hawaiian Islands are a series of different aged kipukas in the middle of the Pacific.
Most of my designs are stylized native, endemic or indigenous, Hawaiian species. All earrings are laser cut in Hilo on the islland of Hawai`i with sustainably harvested Koa wood and sterling silver findings. Acacia koa is an endemic tree species found naturally in the Hawaiian Islands. The wood is prized for its beautiful glow, curl, and color variations, giving each pair of earrings a unique quality.
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.
Accepted payment methods
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
I don't accept cancellations
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If an earring is broken a replacement can be purchased for half the price, please send me a message.
Additional policies and FAQs
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.