If you do an Instagram search of #withlovefromwaimanalo, you’ll find rows upon rows of beautiful creations by the talented Kapono & Kalei Duvauchelle of Hilina’i Hawaii. Amongst the beauties are their custom hand-stamped shell bangles. Love at first sight! It’s not hard to decide that you’ve gotta have one. The hard part is deciding what to have inscribed on the bracelets… and if that’s not hard enough, you then need to decide what kind of pearls, shells, or charms make your heart flutter. Talk about first world problems!
I received mine a couple of weeks ago and I find myself wearing them whatever chance I have. As long as they remotely match my outfit, the bracelets are on my wrist. Not only are they absolutely gorg, I love the secret phrases that I had inscribed on my bracelets. I call them secrets because the inscriptions are so small that it’s likely no one else will ever see them. That, combined with the shells to remind me of home, makes me heart swoon. I know the “arm party” is all the rage lately, but these are serious arm party contributors that will make you happy. How can you not be when you glance at your arm and the shells remind you of sticking your toes in the ocean?
I am saving up my lunch money so I can purchase more bangles. Rest assured, though… if you exhaust your bracelet-buying powers, there are also other jewels you can buy from Hilina’i. I purchased this sunrise shell & Tahitian pearl necklace and it kinda makes my heart skip a beat.
Did I forget to mention that Kalei is amazing to work with? Her communication is A+ and she even sends you photos of the shells she’s thinking of using. It almost feels like you picked the shells off the beach yourself. There must be plenty of love in Waimanalo ’cause Hilina’i Hawaii and their goods are all aloha.
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