Where to Buy Ni`ihau Shell Lei

Ni`ihau Shell Lei NecklaceNi‘ihau Cultural Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization which is in the process of establishing a physical site on West Kaua‘i where Ni‘ihau artisans can make their shell products available directly to the public. When the site is ready, its location will be announced here.

There are also a number of retailers, particularly on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu, that carry an assortment of Ni‘ihau shell jewelry. Potential customers are advised to follow the suggestions made in the AUTHENTICITY section of this website before making any purchase of Ni‘ihau shell jewelry.

Although every source of Ni‘ihau shell lei is not listed here, the following retail establishments have a history of dealing with Ni‘ihau families, most for many years:

On Kaua‘i:

Waimea Canyon General Store/Forever Kauai (Kekaha)
Niihau Helicopters (Kaumakani)
Mariko (Hanapēpē)
JJ Ohana (Hanapēpē)
Kauai Fine Arts (Hanapēpē)
Hawaiian Trading Post (Lāwa‘i)
Spouting Horn Vendors (Spouting Horn)
Kaua‘i Museum Gift Shop (Līhu‘e)
Kauai Gold (Coconut Marketplace)

On Maui:

Maui Ocean Center (Ma`alaea)

On O‘ahu:

Nā Mea Hawai‘i (Ward Warehouse in Honolulu)
Bishop Museum Shop Pacifica (Honolulu)
Honolulu Academy of Arts Gift Shop (Honolulu)

On Hawai‘i Island:

Harbor Gallery (Kawaihae)

Ni‘ihau shell lei are also found on ebay.com.


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