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Hawaii’s Poi

Do you know what poi is?  Ever wonder where it comes from?  Poi is served at luaus and is a staple of the Hawaiian diet.  So important was taro for Hawaiians’ survival and prosperity that it was considered an elder sibling to the Hawaiian race.  We get poi by mashing the root of the taro plant.  Here is an image of a taro patch in Hanalei on the island of Kauai.

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Pro Bowl in Hawaii

The NFL returned to Hawaii for the 2013 Pro Bowl.  It was an action packed weekend with  a block party in Waikiki, family day at the stadium, and the main event on Sunday.  The game was said to be the most exciting in years with the NFC blowing out the AFC 62-35.

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Hawaiian Jewelry Gift ideas for Valentine’s Day!

Hawaiian Jewelry Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!  Have you started shopping for your loved one?  How about some beautiful Hawaiian Jewelry!

Mom Heart Black Border Pendant
14K Yellow Gold Mom Heart Pendant. Plumeria Design
with black enameled lettering and black border.
Originally $680 Now on SALE for $476
(Chain sold separately)
Heart of Hawaii Plumeria Pendant

14K yellow gold heart and plumeria pendant.
Originally $405 Now on SALE for $283.50
(Chain sold separately)

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Luau Fire Dancing

Have you ever been to a luau and got to watch a fire dance?  The oldest practice of fire dancing is Samoan known as Siva Afi and Fire Knife. The fire knife dance has its roots in the ancient Samoan exhibition called “ailao” – the flashy demonstration of a Samoan warrior’s battle prowess through artful twirling, throwing and catching, and dancing with a war club while on fire.

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Lanai’s Shipwreck Beach

Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach), Lanai
Here you’ll have magnificent views of neighboring Molokai, which rises across the Kalohi Channel as well as the most famous resident at Shipwreck Beach is the World War II Liberty Ship, whose rusted hull still clings to a reef near the shore. This was not the result of an accident. After World War II, this vessel was given “residence” as an economical means of disposal.

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Want to escape the cold?

Hawaiian JewelryThe current weather in New York:  15 degrees F with snow in the forecast :(

The current weather in Hawaii:  72 degrees F with partly sunny skies :)

Did you know that for less than $450 you can fly round trip directly from New York to Hawaii!!!  Winter get-away?…we think so!  Come and visit us here at Honolulu Jewelry Company soon!

 

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Prince Kuhio Day Sale

Prince Kuhio Portrait
Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi (1871–1922)

March 26th is Prince Kuhio Day! For those of you who don’t know, Prince Kuhio Day is an official holiday in Hawaii, which marks the birth of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole. Prince Kuhio was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi; prince of the House of Kalākaua; and territorial delegate to the United States Congress.

This year, we’re celebrating with a 40% discount off of our quilt jewelry and our new mens’ initial rings. Each design is crafted from high quality 14K yellow gold, and is made in the very traditional Hawaiian look. Check out our full collection of special priced items.

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Save 40% on our Spring Designs

Save 40%!

Spring is almost here! And to celebrate, we’re having a special sale on our colorful plumeria jewelry pieces. Now you can save 40% off these beautiful sterling silver designs. Each piece is part of a matching set that includes a pendant, ring, and earrings. These are crafted from high quality silver inlaid with colorful enamel and topaz, and topped with a sparkling diamond center. Check out the rest of our collection, and shake off those cold winter blues!

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Win the Keolei Hawaiian Bracelet!

Keolei Hawaiian BraceletRegister today and you could win a free custom Hawaiian bracelet! The Keolei is a 15mm platinum silver bangle, engraved with the Royal Monarch  scalloped design. The letters Kuuipo and plumeria flowers are 14K yellow gold. Each plumeria is accented with sparkling diamonds. Registering qualifies you for one entry. Want to earn more entries? Share this contest with your friends using your referral link and for each person who signs up, you will receive an extra entry!

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Hawaii is America’s Favorite State

Hawaiian Sunset
By UPI.COM

It’s official: Americans love Hawaii.  Public Policy Polling announced  Tuesday that according to a new poll started in October, Hawaii is the state with the most favorable image.  People were asked to give a simple impression ranking for all 50 states.  According to UPI, “Hawaii’s 54 percent favorable and 10 percent unfavorable resulted in a margin of 44, for first place.”

You’ll never guess the runners-up.

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Jan. 17, 1893 | Hawaiian Monarchy Overthrown by America-Backed Businessmen

By THE LEARNING NETWORK

On Jan. 17, 1893, Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown when a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate. The coup led to the dissolving of the Kingdom of Hawaii two years later, its annexation as a U.S. territory and eventual admission as the 50th state in the union.

The first European contact with Hawaii was made in 1778 by Capt. James Cook. In the 19th century, traders and missionaries came to the islands from Europe and the United States. They often opposed the Hawaiian monarchy, favoring instead a British-style constitutional monarchy where the monarch held little power.

Queen Liliuokalani
Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, is shown in this uncredited portrait taken around 1890.

In 1874, David Kalakaua became king and sought to reduce the power of the white Missionary Party (later Reform Party) in the government. In 1887, angered by King Kalakaua’s extravagant spending and his attempts to dilute their power, a small group of Missionary Party members, known as the Hawaiian League, struck back against the king.

Led by Lorrin A. Thurston and Sanford B. Dole, the Hawaiian League drafted a new constitution that reduced the power of the king and increased the power of the cabinet and Legislature. It also extended voting rights to wealthy noncitizens, while excluding Asians and restricting access for native Hawaiians through land-owning and literacy provisions. Backed by a militia, the group used the threat of violence to force King Kalakaua to sign the constitution, which became known as the Bayonet Constitution.

King Kalakaua died in 1891 and was succeeded by his sister, Liliuokalani, who proposed a new constitution that would restore powers of the monarchy and extend voting rights for native Hawaiians. The queen’s actions angered many of Hawaii’s white businessmen, who formed a 13-member Committee of Safety with the goal of overthrowing the monarchy and seeking annexation by the United States.

The Jan. 17, 1893 edition of The New York Times recounted the events of the coup. On Jan. 16, Hawaiian Marshal Charles B. Wilson attempted to arrest the committee members and declare martial law, but his attempts were turned down by other government officials who feared violence. The next day, after a police officer was shot and wounded trying to halt the distribution of weapons to the Committee of Safety’s militia, the committee decided to put its coup into action. Near the queen’s ʻIolani Palace in Honolulu, the committee’s militia gathered and were joined by 162 U.S. Marines and Navy sailors who were ordered by John L. Stevens, U.S. Minister to Hawaii, to protect the committee. The queen surrendered peacefully to avoid violence.

The Committee of Safety established a provisional government headed by Mr. Dole. U.S. President Grover Cleveland opposed the provisional government and called for the queen to be restored to power, but the Committee of Safety established the Republic of Hawaii and refused to cede power. In 1895, Hawaiian royalists began a coup against the republic, but it did not succeed. Queen Liliuokalani was arrested for her alleged role in the coup and convicted of treason; while under house arrest, the queen agreed to formally abdicate and dissolve the monarchy.

In 1898, the United States annexed Hawaii. Hawaii was administered as a U.S. territory until 1959, when it became the 50th state.

This post has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: January 17, 2012

An earlier version of this post read “The next day, after a police officer was killed trying to halt the distribution of weapons to the Committee of Safety’s militia, the committee decided to put its coup into action. Near the queen’s ʻIolani Palace in Honolulu, the committee’s militia gathered and were joined by about 300 U.S. Marines and Navy sailors who were ordered by John L. Stevens, U.S. Minister to Hawaii, to protect the committee.”

The police officer was shot and wounded, not killed. Though the Times article from Jan. 17, 1893, reported the number of U.S. Marines and sailors at around 300, the official number given by U.S. government investigations is 162. The post has been amended to reflect those changes.

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Our Blogging Begins!

With the goal of reaching out to our present and future customers, we have been expanding our reach into the world of social media.  A few months back we registered with Facebook and Twitter, and now we are starting our very own blog.

We want to be available for you when you need us.  If you have questions, or if you need help with anything, we will be here, so please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We hope to also provide you with useful information about the Hawaiian jewelry industry, Hawaii related news and events, company announcements and upcoming sales and promotions.

Once again, we would love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts!