Island Jewelry

The Hawaiian Bone Fish Hook Necklace

The Meaning of the Hawaiian Bone Fish Hook Necklace

Hawaiian Bone Fish Hook NecklaceThe meaning behind the Hawaiian bone fish hook necklace came from the deep connection and reverence the Hawaiians had for the ocean.  The ocean surrounding them was their source of food and their means of travel. A bone fish hook represents strength, prosperity, abundance, and a great respect for the sea. Today, fish hooks (‘Makau’ in Hawaiian) perpetuate the Hawaiian way of life through contemporary jewelry.  Ancient Hawaiians believed that a bone necklace takes on part of the spirit of those who wear it. The necklace becomes a sacred link between people, spanning time and distance. In this way, it becomes a spiritual link and should be handed down. A carving that has been worn by family members over many generations contains the spirit of all those people and is truly a great and powerful heirloom.

Who wears the ‘Lucky’ Hawaiian Bone Fish Hook Necklace?

Hawaiian tradition says that fish hooks provide good luck when fishing and safe journey when traveling. Given the relationship that Hawaiians have with the ocean, these fish hook necklaces can be found hanging around the necks of Hawaii’s very best anglers, captains and mates. The Makau, the Hawaiian bone fish hook, symbolizes the strength and determination of these fishermen. Additionally, a fish hook is often worn by travelers for safe journey. What a unique lucky charm gift for anglers or non-anglers of any gender.

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Island Style Jewelry | Finding Your Personal ‘Aumakua

Hawaiian local may wear a honu for his Island style jewelry!
Hawaiian with ‘aumakua tatoo!

Island Style Jewelry | Discovering Your ‘Aumakua

A large part of Island fashion is Island Style Jewelry. You see it everywhere. You see island style jewelry on TV sitcoms and TV shows that take place at beach town locations. Fish hook necklaces in movies that are situated in tropical locations. You’ll see puka shell jewelry, especially necklaces in commercials about exotic getaways.

 Come to Hawaii and you’ll see locals and tourists alike, wearing Island style jewelry daily. Even in the Midwest you might find a student wearing a surf pendant or coconut shell necklace to school. You may not be in “Island style” if you’re beach outfit doesn’t include some Polynesian or Hawaiian jewelry.

 In this article we’re going to focus on pendants. What pendants best represent your personal Island fashion style? We’re going to suggest looking in four places to find your own special pendant or talisman. This will help you find your personal Island style jewelry & ‘Aumakua.

Island Style Jewelry and Your Personal Experiences

  The 1st is in your personal experiences. Wearing a bone dolphin, shark, turtle or whale pendant necklace may provide you with an opportunity to share an experience. Did you vacation in Hawaii and go on a whale watching cruise and see a whale breach or a  “honu” (turtle) swim right by your boat on Maui? Maybe you were swimming in Hulopo’e Bay on Lanai and had the thrill a lifetime swimming near dolphins. Did you go down in a shark cage and have a Hawaiian shark encounter on the North Shore with your heart pumping to view sharks close up? 

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