The shells used to create NI‘IHAU SHELL LEI are akin to precious gemstones. They aren’t stones, of course, but TINY SHELLS that are rare and precious. Made only on Ni‘ihau, a private island off Kaua‘i’s west side, the lei are known as one of Polynesia’s finest ART FORMS . The necklaces can sell for an average of $125 to $25,000, and state law protects the Ni‘ihau label. Expect to see knockoff s with slightly difirent labels. Kaua‘i, with its close proximity to Ni‘ihau, has an abundant choice of these UNUSUAL AND HANDCRAFTED shell lei. Look for them at shops around the island.
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