Ulu Breadfuit Koa Charm
The breadfruit, “ulu” in Hawaiian is a popular motif on the island. Simply put, it means "to grow". I came across this wonderful story on Wikipedia, and wanted to share it.
Grab and pair and make beautiful lightweight earrings or a pendant!
“According to an etiological Hawaiian myth, the breadfruit originated from the sacrifice of the war god Kū. After deciding to live secretly among mortals as a farmer, Kū married and had children. He and his family lived happily until a famine seized their island. When he could no longer bear to watch his children suffer, Kū told his wife that he could deliver them from starvation, but to do so he would have to leave them. Reluctantly she agreed, and at her word, Kū descended into the ground right where he had stood until only the top of his head was visible. His family waited around the spot he had last been, day and night, watering it with their tears until suddenly, a small green shoot appeared where Kū had stood. Quickly, the shoot grew into a tall and leafy tree that was laden with heavy breadfruits that Kū's family and neighbors gratefully ate, joyfully saved from starvation.”
- Laminated Koa Wood
- 1 1/2"
- Jewelry samples are for inspiration. If you'd like to commission a similar custom piece, please contact us!
About the Artist
Randy is a longtime cabinet-maker who works just down the street from The Bead Gallery, Honolulu! We are so fortunate to have met just as he transitioned into retirement, and now has time fo