ʻŌhi’a Lehua Pendant by Sonny Ching and Paradisus, Sterling Silver /w Chain .79″W x .98″H $80

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ʻŌhi’a Lehua Pendant by Sonny Ching and Paradisus, Sterling Silver /w Chain .79″W x .98″H $80

Ka ʻŌhi’a Lehua

One of the five main plants used to adorn the kuahu of Laka, goddess of the hula and is the kinolau for Kuka’ōhi’alaka (the male form of Laka of the forest.) It represents both the male and female elements, the wood being the male element and the flower the female; therefore, a branch of it was placed on the kuahu with a flower on it. It is also one of the many manifestations of the god Kū. Kū is the akua that is the overseer of rituals and it is believed that ‘ōhi’a forests embody the omniscient powers of creation, Kū and Kāne. The bright-red lehua flowers are full of honey, food of the ‘i’iwi, native honeycreeper birds. The wood of the ‘ōhi’a was traditionally used for rafters, canoe seats, as well as sculpture . . . Representing strength, balance, and harmony

‘O Puna lehua ‘ula i ka papa

I ‘ula i ka papa ka lehua o Puna . . .

Red are the plains of Puna,

Made red by the lehua of Puna

About the Artist

When Sonny was born, his great grandmother stated that he would become a chanter. It was when Sonny turned four-years-old that his grandmother started teaching him chants and then would progress to dancing hula. At twelve-years-old, Sonny’s father decided that he should not dance hula. However, his grandmother continued to teach him hula in secret without permission. Ironically, Sonny’s father is now his biggest supporter.  His halau, Na Mamo o Pu’uanahulu, is very accomplished and well known around the world.

Sonny’s grandmother, Lena Pua‘ainahau Eleakala Nāhulu Guerrero, was his confidant, roommate, and best friend. She taught him one-on-one and usually did things together on a daily basis. They always preceded their training with a prayer in Hawaiian because his grandmother was of pure koko and was fluent in the language. This important ritual is still practiced today—this is how Sonny runs his classes today—before dancing, they pray to Akua and to Laka.
Sonny’s ‘ike (knowledge) of Hawaiian culture informs his fabulous jewelry that is a frequent star of the annual  Mamo fashion show.
Themes in traditional Hawaiian kakau (tatoos), native Hawaiian plants and birds  inform his contemporary and classic jewelry designs.  Our hearts soared like ‘iwa birds to find this design in his collection.  We hope you enjoy them!

 

The dimensions listed in the ‘additional information’ tab includes packing for shipment.

 

ʻŌhi’a Lehua Pendant by Sonny Ching and Paradisus, Sterling Silver /w Chain .79″W x .98″H $80

Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 6.79 × 6.98 × 6 in

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