In 1893 Queen Lili’uokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii, gave a gold bracelet with the enameled words “Aloha Oe” to Zoe Atkinson, an English school teacher who had assisted the Queen with the palace balls.As soon as the Queen was overthrown, many pupils from Atkinson’s school asked to have bracelets that were similar to Atkinson’s, expressing their solidarity and love for Hawaii during this time. As Hawaiian jewelry saw a surge in popularity, Hawaiian mottoes were dropped in favor of proper names and phrases meaningful to each of the wearers’ own lives, and passed down from generation to generation. This is how the word "Heirloom”, in “Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry" came to be.
All of the pieces in our Heirloom Collection are designed to have a personalized name, word, phrase or initial as these pieces are meant to represent a treasured remembrance.
The word “Kuuipo” in Hawaiian means “my Sweetheart” and is only a placeholder to show you our various customizable designs.