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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?


aloha friday scoop

my sincere apologies for skipping out on you without a word (a hopeless case of blogger burnout . . . sigh), but a fantastic surprise awaits on monday!

a few hastily gathered possibilities for your weekend:

fighting eel is on the lookout for p/t and f/t help to staff their chinatown flagship and soon-to-debut kailua boutique.

nonstop kaka'ako woos with pretty serenades by anuhea, beauty bar treats, eat the street grinds, and pop-up shops hosted by the butik, cassandra rull, fashionista's market and more!

online, rockabella jewels rewards early birds with a sale on custom nameplates ($80 for a limited time) specially made for your xmas list sweeties.

  • expires: thu, dec 1st
  • fyi: minimum three week turnaround

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aloha friday scoop

i'll keep this short and sweet since the long weekend awaits . . .

{first friday highlights}

  • welcome recently opened vintage shop mish mash to the neighborhood and fill-a-bag with a handpicked selection of style finds for $20. {5p to 10p; 1164 smith street}

an international graffiti battle featuring hawaii's top street artists takes over the linekona art center for a day long festival of live art making, urban gardening workshops, hip hop classes, spoken word performances, & a long list of possibilities to inspire your day.

p.s. say hello to sierra dew & learn how to stencil tees!

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and the winner is . . .

armored ocean bangle

amber from waialua who swooned for the petite silver opihi encircling nina kuna designs' armored ocean bangle.

alas, there was just one piece of nkd sparkle to share, but do click over to the online shop where you still have a few days to knock 20% off all summer 2011 glow:

  • secret code: summer2011
  • expires: sat, jul 9th

congratulations amber!

{many mahalos to nina for hosting yet another fabulous giveaway!}


nina kuna designs summer 2011

summertime brings another gorgeous jewelry reveal . . . this time from makawao's nina kuna designs! while the line is designed in nina's upcountry maui studio, the collection feels like chancing upon a pirate chest overflowing with shimmering treasure. petite pretties plucked from the waves have been carefully hand cast into detailed molds which transform liquid 18k gold and silverplate into elegant ocean inspired glow.

island lovelies who adore the bright lights of the big city equally with our sandy shores will be captivated by the beach glam bangles, cocktail rings, and sophisticated hoops highlighting homegrown opihi, sea urchins, and ravishing seashells.

intrigued? a delightful surprise awaits you on our beachcombing field trip after the jump!

shell bangles & hoops
armored ocean bangles

along with crafting every piece of jewelry, nina also snapped the exquisitely styled product shots so do click over to her blog to admire her fabulous photography portfolio.

discovered new sparkle for your wishlist? nina is celebrating her summer launch with a sitewide sale (enter secret code summer2011 to save 20% in the online shop through jul 9th) along with a giveway of her armored ocean bangle for one lucky hapa | hale reader!

please follow all the fine print posted below:

  • click here to send your name and current hometown by tue, jul 5th
  • please include nina kuna summer giveaway in the subject
    & note if gold or silver makes you smile in your message
  • one entry per person/household

the lucky reader will be announced next wednesday. good luck to you!

p.s. while nkd happens to be one of my advertisers (full disclosure), readers will be happy to know that every single find featured on h|h is handpicked by me and is never ever influenced by my sponsor sidebar. just in case you were wondering.

{update: winner list posted}