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misa jewelry sea shells collection

puka ring * oyster ring

hello hello! i must confess to feeling less than inspired to edit photos and compose just the right words about my latest discoveries despite the ballooning list of possibilities hidden away in my notes. then an unexpected update from jewelry designer misa hamamoto about the online debut of her sea shells collection instantly shook away my winter doldrums. (just in time for spring's arrival . . . hooray!)

my first glimpse actually happened when lisa from bungalow 9 shared a shop update before the holidays. an instant swoon is always a good sign a feature is in the stars, but a little patience was required since i prefer to share goods when they can be acquired in a few clicks.

wandering through the new collection reveals misa's handmade love note to her island home from a delicate yet mysterious interpretation of the puka ring to the intricate composition of a turtle shell and the simplicity of a spiraling cone shell cast in metal. i suspect the sweet shout-outs of modern ocean adornment will connect with all of us who savor moments searching through the sand for tiny souvenirs to remember a happy day spent at the beach.

more to adore after the jump!

turtle earrings
cone necklace & cuff

are you just as smitten now?

the online shop is filled with gold and silver offerings or click over to the stockist list as quite a few boutiques have joined misa's fan club since last summer's update.

oh, and l.a. lovelies simply must pop by stacia's santa monica boutique which carries misa jewelry, gypsy lingerie, and artwork by heather brown alongside designer stacy johnson's gorgeous eco knits!


aloha friday scoop

if you are on the hunt for a fresh start in the new year, fishcake is on the lookout for a sales/marketing manager and maui rose needs a january intern.

buy 2, get 1 free at the butik is happy news for last minute holiday shoppers on budget.

p.s. off islands friends can save 15% in the online shop (stocked with fighting eel and wishing bridge jewelry) with secret code butikmas.

family sunday at the academy of arts celebrates the holidays with snow globe making, xmas jingles, and a visit from santa!

p.s. be a food bank elf and bring a few yummies to donate to the canned food drive.

lily lotus will treat you to a $20 in-store gift card for every $100 of yoga loveliness in your shopping basket.

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happy hale*days 2011: sparkle edition

with santa's sleigh due to arrive in just 37 days, it's time to officially kick off the 2011 gifting guides filled with gorgeous kama'aina finds! the beauty of handmade sparkle never fails to woo so, since time is of the essence, gather round to peek a few lovely suggestions for your gift list.

and, delightful news from me to you: this year a few designers kindly offered exclusive shopping deals just for the h|h 'ohana! please read the fine print for more details including secret codes, shop rules, and holiday order deadlines.

1 - romantics will adore the the delicate layered confections by de la mer, the new collection by jojo faber (of jo.jah.jae) inspired by the french seaside. {exclusively stocked at olive in kailua.}

2 - the new year will be even more fetching with energy bars by modern philosophy which promise to balance body and soul and perhaps inspire that certain someone to become the master of her own fate. {$58; receive complimentary shipping with secret code hapahale. spend $300 and a MP surprise will be included with your order. offer expires sat, dec 31st.}

3 - a glistening white agate druzy stone is even more beguiling when set in misa jewelry's shima ring. {$375; save 20% off white druzy rings in gold & silver with secret code hapahale11. offer expires wed, nov 23rd.}

4 - fossilized seashells from 400 million years ago are kissed with druzies by one stone and emerge with the most captivating sparkle. {$135; mention hapahale in the convo field at checkout to receive 10% off the featured design. offer expires mon, dec 19th.}

more to adore after the jump!

5 - city girls will crush over nina kuna designs' polished cowrie shell pendant, a chic reminder of paradise. {$55; enjoy 20% off with secret code hapahale. offer expires sat, dec 31st. code blackout dates: nov 25th to 28th. order by dec 9th for xmas delivery.}

6 - the charming loops found in the custom name bangle expertly crafted by wishing bridge will make her smile. {$44; email to order.}

7 - ocean swells will always be nearby when your favorite surfer girl rocks the handmade wave hoops by cabin no. 7. {$89; save 15% off in the etsy shop with secret code hapaholidays + orders to hawai'i mailboxes receive complimentary shipping. offer expires wed, nov 30th (also the order deadline for xmas delivery).}

8 - maui designer kira ferrer evokes a hint of the pacific when an ocean colored apatite gem meets a puka shell setting. {$92}

9 - adorn your favorite animal lover with a fetching coral & topaz necklace by padma & pickles who always donates 20% of the purchase price to care for abandoned pets. {$97; save 20% off in p&p's etsy shop with secret code hapahale + enjoy complimentary shipping on your order. offer ends sun, nov 20th @ 12p hst.}

10 - rockabella jewels mingles pyrite stones with a cascade of petite golden shells for instant glamour. {$80; save 20% in the online shop with secret code hapaholidays. offer ends sat, dec 31st. order by mon, dec 5th for usps delivery by xmas.}

which one would you whisper into santa's ear in hopes of finding in your stocking on xmas morning?


misa jewelry azteca collection


my day always becomes a little brighter upon receiving a sweet note from la-based jewelry designer misa hamamoto who recently wrote to share the happy news of the launch of her azteca collection. longtime readers know my appreciation for misa jewelry goes back to the very first collection, and misa continues to look to cultures near to her heart before refining her current inspiration into shimmering beauties.

for azteca, misa balances two design moments: the breathtaking symmetry of the ancient aztecs and the glamorous elegance of art deco. the discovery of misa's influences allows you to notice the collection's references to stacked pyramids and grand skyscrapers with every long ago flourish thoughtfully reduced for modern lovelies who prefer to wrap themselves in more minimal ornamentation.

the simplicity of the azteca bar reminds me of a delightful secret shared by only the most observant design enthusiasts while the striking translation of the azteca arrow is an edgy possibility for style archeologists. i also love the parallel of the aztecs' reverence for craftsmanship with misa's small jewelry atelier handmaking adornment sparked by its source.

meet me after the jump for more peeks and details!

large pyramid
small pyramid

if you share my swoon, azteca's price tag starts at $120 and the nine-piece collection can be peeked on the official website where you can also fill your cart with your favorite designs. and, while the burnished glow of gold captures my fancy, just know most pieces can also be yours in sterling silver.

if you prefer to shop local, hit the stockist list or save yourself the click and find selections from azteca at bungalow 9 on kaua'i and riches hawaii at kahala mall.


aloha friday scoop

as mentioned in my earlier post, h|h will be quiet tomorrow in honor of the blogger's day of silence hosted by for japan with love who shared the very cool shelterbox, a brilliant collection of essentials for those displaced by the earthquake and tsunami. with my windfall of hours (yep, the scoop requires endless clicks scouting out deal news and exhaustive post editing), part of my reclaimed time will be spent tending to the details of my 'ohana's donation to help japan.

hifi's highly anticipated pop-up shop opens tomorrow with ten days of island style featuring indie trunkshows, designer workshops, craft stations and more!

  • when: fri, mar 18th to sun, mar 27th
  • where: ala moana center, level one, makai (by old navy)
  • fyi: volunteers still needed to staff the pop-up; sign-up for a 4-hour shifts here

save your appetite for slow art friday when local artists and eateries unite for empty bowl hawaii 2011. scoop up a handmade bowl & enjoy a serving of gourmet goodness by alan wong's, town, and 18 more island restaurants. proceeds benefit hawaii meals on wheels and river of life mission.
{via firebird photography}

the fighting eel flagship is donating all profits from its emblem and fish totes (featured in january) to the japan red cross through the end of march.

  • when: now to thu, mar 31st
  • where: 1133 bethel street, chinatown
  • shop hours: mon to sat, 10a to 6p

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