Pamela Ka‘ilikini-Dow, respected lecturer and staunch supporter of authentic Ni‘ihau shell craft, has a panel of lei makers available for anyone wishing to have documentation that authenticates their Ni‘ihau shell lei.
Her own personal collection of Ni‘ihau shell lei include ones gifted to her mother in the late 1950s, a time when little was known of these shells.
Certificates will be issued only upon unanimous agreement of the assembled panel, following strict guidelines as established by Ka‘ilikini-Dow. A suggested retail value will be made upon individual request. As a gift to the community, there will be no charge for the analysis and stamped paperwork. However, absolutely no products of businesses or commercial entities will be reviewed.
Ka‘ilikini-Dow first held an event such as this in on O‘ahu in 2004 at the Bishop Museum and the Na Mea Hawai‘i/Native Books Store at Ward Warehouse. They each heralded the recent passing of the state law that forbids the use of the term “Ni‘ihau shells” unless the crafted item consisted of shells (at least 80 percent) from the shores of Ni‘ihau.
Later the same year, she was also invited to the nation’s capitol to represent Hawai‘i and its venerated shell art form at the opening of the Smithsonian’s Native American Indian Museum.
Ka‘ilikini-Dow and her panel are available from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 22, 23, 24 at Forever Kaua’i in the Waimea Canyon General Store, Waimea Canyon Plaza, 8171 Kekaha Road.
• For more information call Ka‘ilikini-Dow at 337-2888.