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History of Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry


Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry was originated by Princess Liliuokalani in 1880.

It’s over a century since Hawaii’s last reigning monarch wore the first Hawaiian bracelet, yet we still see the jewelry worn every day.

Her original bracelet, made in Hawaii by European jewelers, was engraved with the Hawaiian phrase, “Ho’omana’o Mau,” or “A Lasting Remembrance.”

Queen Liliuokalani’s Bracelet Black Enamel “hoomanao Mau” means “Lasting Remembrance” in Hawaiian.

Among the very early examples of Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry were Queen Emma’s silver bracelet engraved “Aloha ia ka heiheimalie”.  The Hawaiian bracelet was Victorian in design and style, yet deeply Hawaiian in wording and phrase to reflect their ancestral heritage.

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Queen Emma’s Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry Bracelet

Since those early days, the people of Hawaii have adopted Hawaiian Heirloom jewelry and passed it on from generation to generation.  Hawaiian heirloom jewelry is presented as gifts for special occasions such as birthdays, graduations and weddings. Hawaiian heirloom jewelry will last a lifetime, and is often passed from generations. It is considered an honor to receive such a precious, personalized gift.