One of our most popular styles is the Hawaiian Heirloom bangle. But where did these beautiful bangles originate from? During the Victorian Era, Queen Kapi'olani and Princess Lili'uokalani traveled to England for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee - in celebration of the Queen's 50 year reign.
Queen Victoria then gifted both Queen Kapi'olani and Princess Lili'uokalani a solid gold bracelet with their names hand engraved in Old English letting filled with black enamel.
When Queen Kapi'olani and Princess Lili'uokalani returned to Hawai'i, they had similar bracelets made for their Royal members. This is where the tradition was born and has grown to what it has become today.
Hawaiian jewelry is now often gifted to celebrate momentous times such as birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, etc. The word 'heirloom' of something being passed from generation to generation has signified the value and appreciation that goes into such a beautiful gift.
Hawaiian Heirloom bracelets today feature beautiful designs and even tell stories.
While solid gold bangles are still popular in Hawai'i, they are not accessible to all.
At Ka 'Ohana, we strive to create the same experience and tradition through beautiful jewelry crafted of high-quality gold plating/filled materials that undergo a tarnish resistant process to ensure long-term wear - without steep prices.
Every order from us represents the beauty and Aloha in the original Heirloom bangles Queen Kapi'olani and Princess Lili'uokalani shared with their people.