Pacific Shore Collection | Featuring Limu (red algae), the Polynesian flower of the sea
Used throughout Polynesia, the name Limu, as applied to this beautifully delicate “flower of the sea”, has a lovely resonance and widely accepted association with the beauty of Hawaiian sea life. Limu is an algae (seaweed), widely used throughout the Islands culturally in ceremonial and ritual events, medicinally, gastronomically, and in different designs of lei. Our algae jewelry uses the finest algae selectively harvested right from the waters around Hawaii.
Colloquially in Hawaii, Limu refers to a wide range of edible algae yet scholarly references and dictionary definitions apply a wider meaning to that word, including algae that grows in moist areas on land in addition to those in the sea, including those not edible. Too small to wrap round other food as is traditional with more commonly known larger algae, the Limu pictured here as wearable items show the actual size and color these plants grow. Attached to rocks and physically strong, underwater they waft softly and gracefully in all directions in the currents. However, on being removed from the sea, they clump together like a girl’s long hair coming from the shower.
Hence, to re-arrange them as delicately as in these pieces, requires particular skill and patience. They are presented in a beautiful series of designs as Limu pendants (necklaces), bracelets, brooches and earrings. Scientifically known as Portieria hornemannii, the particular red algae portrayed on this website grows on the lava coast just outside Hilo on the Big Island where it is seasonally prolific.
Not endangered, endemic, or invasive, its pungent smell is so strong no fish, human or turtle will eat it! Pressed, dehydrated, and sealed in a jeweler’s resin, each piece of algae jewelry is highly attractive, durable, & very practical to wear – a unique gift of the Hawaiian flower of the sea.