August 21st, 2018 / posted by paularath

One of the most treasured Hawaiian fine jewelry pieces one can have is a kahelelani shell necklace, bracelet or earrings. So I was thrilled to find some beautiful kahelelani pieces from Moloka’i this week at Riches Kahala.

Ameron-John Kaikaikaokamana’omekekino Madela of Moloka’i creates his beautiful shell jewelry from all natural colors of the tiny shells: pink, red, salmon and beige.


Moloka’i shell earrings start at $60 at Riches Kahala.

When searching for your Moloka’i kahelelani shell lei, there are five things to watch for:

  • Color
  • Luster
  • Flaws
  • Size
  • Workmanship

This three-piece set sells for $1,000 at Riches Kahala, which is a great price for fine kahelelani shell jewelry.

A shell lei is a perpetual reminder of this special place we call home. And, unlike flower lei, it won’t wilt. Rather, it will become more and more beautiful with time. Shells love to be worn!

-Paula Rath


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