Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Kreations by Kawai

Saturday, March 13, 2010 | by Newlywed | Labels: |

As you might recall, the future hubs and I are going to Kauai for our honeymoon--woohooo! I've been  to Hawaii before (to the island of  Oahu),  and I left that trip with a bagful of Hawaiian jewelry. I love Hawaiian jewelry, but if you want something genuine and made of quality materials rather than the mass-produced touristy stuff, you might have to shell out a bit of money. Luckily, I found Kawai by Kreations on Etsy! Kawai hails from the islands and hand makes her jewelry using local genuine shells and pearls (including freshwater and mother of pearls).Think style and affordability with a bit of island charm! Most of her earrings and necklaces are priced at under $20! Pair her jewelry as standout accessories to your casual outfit, or maybe even  for a night out. Or, give your bridesmaids a piece of lovely handmade jewelry straight from the Hawaiian islands!

As the host of this giveaway, I received a Tahitian blue pearl necklace from Kawai's shop...but don't let its simplicity fool you! This dainty piece, with it's shiny blue pearl and silver chain embodies understated island style.It's a timeless piece--simple, elegant...and did I mention affordable? The necklace came in a adorable lauhala--or palm weave--gift box. Wow...what presentation!

Introducing Kawailani from Kreations by Kawai!

Where are you from?
I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai’i, but currently reside on the island of ‘Oahu

What sparked your interest in creating jewelry?I initially started making jewelry as a hobby. However, that later lead to a more serious approach as family and friends complemented my jewelry pieces and actually made special requests. I was flattered when people who saw my jewelry worn by my family and friends asked where they could get that kind of jewelry. Since then I have done my best to perfect what I create and to venture out using different materials that would enable me to showcase the islands while keeping with current trends.

How long have you been creating jewelry?
 I started creating jewelry about 6 years ago and have been creating ever since. I was recently lucky enough to have my jewelry featured in a few local boutiques.

What words would you use to describe your work?
Natural, elegant, feminine, fun, fresh, captivating and a must have J

What inspires your work?From the pristine black sand beaches on the Big Island of Hawai’i to the Honolulu City lights and Waikiki beach, each Hawaiian Island has a beauty and uniqueness all its own. It’s these qualities that are the inspiration for the jewelry that I create. I attempt to both capture and showcase the elements that make these islands paradise.

What are some distinct characteristics of Hawaiian jewelry?
I think Hawaiian jewelry has traditionally always been about sharing the beauty of the islands and giving the wearer a quick way to remember the fun and beauty of their vacation. However, not everyone has had the opportunity to visit Hawaii yet. With my jewelry I attempt to share just a small piece of Hawaii with those who haven’t visited and to remind those who have.

What is the most creative thing you've seen at a wedding?What did they do?One of the most creative things that I’ve seen at a wedding was when a friend of ours sky dived and parachuted in to meet his bride at the altar on a beach on the North Shore of ‘Oahu. The grooms wedding party did an aerial smoke show that preceded his one of a kind entrance!

Hawaii is a big travel destination, especially for honeymoons.
What would you say makes your island, ‘Oahu, unique from the other islands? ‘Oahu is unique from the other islands in that it truly has the best of all worlds. ‘Oahu is home to the beautiful white sand beaches of the North Shore, word class surfing spots, untouched rainforests and the night life of Waikiki. No matter what you’re looking for you can certainly find it here on ‘Oahu.


THE GIVEAWAY: Kawai has been so generous in giving one of my lucky winners a $20 gift certificate to her store!

THE RULES:
1) Go to Kreations by Kawai on Etsy and comment on your favorite item for one entry! This is mandatory! Contestants who do not do this will be disqualified. Remember to leave your email address or some way to contact you with each entry!

You can add more comments to increase your chance to win if you do the following (please leave a separate comment for each additional entry):

2) Become a new follower of this blog (1 entry)
3) Are currently a follower of my blog (2 entries or 2 separate comments!)
4) Become a facebook fan of “I Do” Budget Weddings (2 entries or 2 separate comments)
5) Blog about the contest and include a link to the giveaway. You must also include a link to Kreations by Kawai's Etsy shop in your post (3 entries or 3 separate comments)
6) Buy anything from Kreations by Kawai  (5 entries or 5 separate comments)
7) Heart Kreations by Kawai's shop on Etsy. (1 entry)
8) Follow “I Do” Budget Weddings on Twitter (1 entry)
9) Tweet on this giveaway and include a link to this giveaway in your tweet. (1 entry)

The deadline to enter this contest is 11:59 p.m., Saturday, March 27, 2010 (PST). A winner will be randomly chosen and announced the following day. Good luck!

101 comments:

EVA SB said...

My favourites are the Nalu Earrings and the Plumeria Carved Wood Earrings.

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EVA SB said...

I'm a current follower 1/2
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EVA SB said...

I'm a current follower 2/2
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EVA SB said...

I hearted Etsy shop
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I follow on Twitter
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EVA SB said...

I tweeted
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suburban prep said...

The Tahitian Twist earrings are just stunning.

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Michelle's This and That said...

i love this bracelet
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elaine r said...

I would choose the Tahitian Twist Earrings-very pretty!

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Kenya F. said...

My favorite item is the PUANANI Necklace. I can see me wearing it with a cute white summer dress.

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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I love her maybe pearl necklace!

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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I'm a follower of this blog!

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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I'm a current follower of this blog! (2)

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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I'm a facebook fan of I Do Budget Weddings! (1)

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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I'm a facebook fan of I DO Budget Weddings! (2)

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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I follow you on twitter!
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I blogged about this giveaway! (1)
http://perfectbluemoon.blogspot.com/2010/03/march-14th-giveaway-list.html

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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I blogged about this giveaway! (2)
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I blogged about this giveaway! (3)
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penga said...

i'm digging the angel wing earrings!

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penga said...

and i'm a brand new follower! cool blog, btw! :)

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Sweepstake Lover said...

I like the MANIHI Necklace: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33056795

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Sweepstake Lover said...

1) Blogged: http://sweepstakelover.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-kreations-by-kawai.html

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Sweepstake Lover said...

2) Blogged: http://sweepstakelover.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-kreations-by-kawai.html

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Sweepstake Lover said...

3) Blogged: http://sweepstakelover.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-kreations-by-kawai.html

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Follow you on twitter: http://twitter.com/sweepstakelover

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Maria said...

love the pearl necklace!

Emily said...

I love the Tahitian Twist earrings.
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Emily said...

I'm a follower!
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jakiesmom said...

i love the tahitian pearl blue shell necklace
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janil said...

I love Mabe Pearl Necklace. Wonderful!
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janil said...

Current follower!
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janil said...

Current follower!
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Dovile said...

My favorite is the Tahitian Blue Shell Pearl Necklace

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Dovile said...

I'm an old follower #1

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Dovile said...

I'm an old follower #2

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Dovile said...

I hearted Kawaii's shop on Etsy, my etsy name is dova113

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Lyudmila said...

I like the MANIHI Necklace

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Lyudmila said...

I`m new follower

Wehaf said...

I adore the MELEMELE Earrings - they're absolutely stunning, definitely statement pieces! I also love the striking PUANANI Necklace, which is another gorgeous accessory!

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Lyudmila said...

Tweet
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Lyudmila said...

I blogged about giveaway (entry#1)
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Lyudmila said...

I blogged about giveaway (entry#2)
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Lyudmila said...

I blogged about giveaway (entry #3)
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Marci said...

I love the Wood Plumeria Earrings (White). I would get several in different colors! SO pretty.
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Marci said...

previously following (june_spirit2628)
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Marci said...

previously following 2 (june_spirit2628)
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julia said...

I love the PALAPALAI Necklace, lovely!

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Lilprincessbow said...

I like the MOMI Bracelet ....Kawailani Collection

Thanks

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Lilprincessbow said...

I am a follower of this blog #1

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Lilprincessbow said...

I am a follower of this blog #2

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jc said...

The Mabe Pearl Necklace is gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway.
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Aik said...

I love the Tahitian Blue Shell Pearl Necklace.

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Aik said...

I'm a follower.

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Aik said...

I'm a follower.

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Aik said...

I'm a facebook fan of “I Do” Budget Weddings (Aik Chien)

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Aik said...

I'm a facebook fan of “I Do” Budget Weddings (Aik Chien)

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Aik said...

Heart Kreations by Kawai's shop on Etsy. (bloomingblossom)

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Aik said...

Follow “I Do” Budget Weddings on Twitter @aikchien

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Aik said...

I tweeted:

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sabrita said...

My favorites are the Nalu and Tahiti earrings. Thank you.

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sabrita said...

I am a current follower #1 entry. Thank you.

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sabrita said...

I am a current follower # 2 entry. Thank you.

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AJ said...

I love the 1 - MOMI Bracelet ....Kawailani Collection.... ( :

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AJ said...

New follower on Google ( :


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AJ said...

I hearted her shop ( glemmegei)


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Chacoy said...

i love the KAHIKO earrings;}
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Ashley said...

I love the PALAPALAI Necklace!

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Miss Love said...

My favorite item from Kreatons by Kawai is the Momi (Pearl) Bangle Bracelet.
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Miss Love said...

I am a current follower of I Do Budget Weddings' blog.

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Miss Love said...

I am a current follower of I Do Budget Weddings' blog.

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Miss Love said...

I follow I Do Budget Weddings on twitter.

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Jeanie said...

I like the Tahitian Blue Shell Pearl Necklace!

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Jeanie said...

I'm already a follower

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Bunny B said...

I love the PALAPALAI Necklace (long necklace)
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Bunny B said...

1. I'm a facebook fan of “I Do” Budget Weddings
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Bunny B said...

2. I'm a facebook fan of “I Do” Budget Weddings
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Bunny B said...

Heart Kreations by Kawai's shop on Etsy (bunnyb)
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Bunny B said...

I Follow “I Do” Budget Weddings on Twitter (@bunnyb)

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Abby said...

The PUANANI Necklace is definitely my fave.

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Abby said...

Old follower #1

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Abby said...

Old follower #2

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Abby said...

Following kreationsbykawai on etsy as abbyloves


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Abby said...

Following on Twitter as darkmotives


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Abby said...

Tweeted

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Selene said...

I like the Tahiti Twist.

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Selene said...

Following kreationsbykawai on etsy as shiki6210


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Selene said...

Already a follower as shiki #1

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Selene said...

Already a follower as shiki #2

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alli said...

My favorite item is the Turquoise Teardrop Earrings!

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alli said...

I became a new follower of your blog

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alli said...

Facebook fan of I Do Budget Weddings (Alli Tsao) - #1

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Facebook fan of I Do Budget Weddings (Alli Tsao) - #2

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I hearted Kreations by Kawai's shop on Etsy (username SilkLotus)

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following I Do Budget Weddings on twitter (@alitsao)

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