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Announcement    Kipuka Kai creates unique koa wood earrings inspired by native Hawaiian species

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Last updated on Nov 12, 2022

Kipuka Kai creates unique koa wood earrings inspired by native Hawaiian species

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Erin Datlof

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  • Leinani on Nov 2, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    The earrings are very beautiful! The craftsmanship is very intricate. I can’t wait to wear them!

  • Sarahsaltwick on Sep 9, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Looks great - love the wood, so light!

  • Sarahsaltwick on Jun 29, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Earrings are beautiful! Very light to wear. Great design. Got one for myself and one as gift.

  • Amanda on May 5, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful earrings! I already have this pair myself and just got another pair as a gift. Even more special that the design is a Koa leaf and they are made from Koa wood.

  • Karli on Apr 19, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    A joy to buy from!

  • Karli on Apr 19, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Love both earrings I got! Super light and absolutely beautiful!

  • Erin on Jan 1, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Always consistent quality, good wood, and feels like it's made with aloha!

  • SHEEN on Nov 3, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful piece, uniquely showcases the value of Hawaii’s native fauna. Thank you

  • Judith Persky on Oct 28, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    I first bought these exact earrings in Hawaii. But I had lost one. So happy to find them here. They are super lightweight. I would recommend using a backing of some sort so you don’t lose them.

  • Robert on Sep 30, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Got these earrings for my wife, she loves them.

About KipukaKai

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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.

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  • Erin Datlof

    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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Last updated on April 29, 2022

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Cancellations: not accepted

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Additional policies and FAQs

Wholesale options available, please message for details.

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.