This year, be a bad-ass Santa and stuff your stocking with these rockin’ local gifts…
by Jen Russo, Jacob Shafer and Anu Yagi
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Since there’s loads of local places that offer beaded and wire-wrapped jewelry creations, let’s instead highlight some of those with smithery skills enough for Santa’s stamp of approval. The venerable J.B. Rea has taught many a Mauian how to bezel stones and turn springs into jump rings, and we’ll bet that when he nicks himself, he oozes liquid metal like a Terminator. Made with inspiration and incomparable adroitness, Rea’s pieces are truly wearable art—evidenced by the fact that you can find his work in gallery shops like the Hui No‘eau or Viewpoints.
Hailing from Honolulu, mother and daughter design team Linda and Akemi Ueda present their Paradisus brand, available at Sargent’s Fine Jewelry. Distinctly Hawaiian motifs include the newly introduced Ulu and Kalo lines and the androgynous Kapa line, perfect whether you need jewelry for wahine or kane. Of course there are the lovely ladies of Wings Hawaii (now on Baldwin Ave.), whose hand-wrought jewelry is as covetable as their threads. And, Makawao’s Nina Kuna says it best when she describes her sea-inspired bling as “paying homage to a wild perfection found in organic elements.”
Great costume jewelry and handmade jewelry can pull together an outfit and make you look polished. You’ll find it under Lahaina’s banyan tree on weekends, hand-made by artisans, or in shops all over the island. A recent search on Etsy.com found 253 artists from Maui selling pieces of jewelry—meaning you can shop local even while online.
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*Note: Each category hed is also the title of a famous (or semi-famous) album or song. See how many of the artists you can name.