Haku Mele

Happy New Year!
As the adage goes, where did the time go? 2015 is going to be a great year! I can feel it!

Haku Mele
First of all, our new collection called Haku Mele has come out with its first edition. In support of Hawaiian music and together with Hawaiian music composer, Steven Espaniola, Paradisus has issued it’s first bracelet in the collection.

The Hawaii born artist, now living in the Bay Area and performing in the throughout California, Hawaii and Japan is a multi-instrumental singer musician specializing in Ki Hoʻalu (Hawaiian slack key guitar), ukulele, upright bass and Leo Ki’e Ki’e (Traditional Hawaiian Falsetto).

His debut recording entitled Ho’omaka, “To Begin”, features a mesmerizing collection of traditional and original Hawaiian mele. In 2006, Steven’s musical efforts earned him the recognition of “New Artist of the Year” at the Hawaii Music Awards.

His mele “Hōkūlani” was written for his beautiful wife April Hōkūlani Espaniola. Hōkūlani means “heavenly star” and part of a lyric from this mele is engraved on the bracelet.

For more about Steven, visit his website, http://www.stevenespaniola.com/index.html, and check out his Facebook page.

The bracelet is made of engraved stainless steel with a double cord band and stainless steel clasp, the uni-sex bracelet comes in a variety of sizes. Special size can be made with advance notice.

like ʻole koi uʻi o nā Hōkū o ka lani
means “You are as beautiful as the stars in the Heaven.

It’s Valentines Day Soon!

This is a truly embracing thought from one loved one to another. And a perfect gift for the up coming Valentines Day. Join us by supporting Hawaiian music and think of this as a gift for your love one.

To purchase, go to www.paradisusjewelry.com.

We’re back!

Hi Everyone.

There have been so many times during the months away that a bit of gossip or some great story would come up, and I’d wish I had this blog active to share on. So with some nervousness in my tummy, promises to myself that I will continue, I’ve decided that I should get back on the INSIDE PARADISUS blog again.

So first! We’ve had a little redo. With the help from the graphic team at Osaki Creative Group headed by Kurt Osaki , we’ve tweaked the graphics of our logo and name. Now that it’s all caps and no script or italic, it will be easier to read, pronounce and hopefully remember.

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PARADISUS is LATIN for Paradise. And since our initial concept speaks to the beauty of our home Hawai’i, which many feel is a Paradise on earth, we feel the name is appropriate for our company.

Our logo is the fiddle head of a fern. This is a symbol of new beginnings, birth, rebirth and continued growth and rejuvenation. This is so appropriate for us as Akemi and I move forward with this company. Change and evolution is part of the life of any company. With this in mind, we continue to search for new inspiration, open ourselves to new directions, and reach for goals and challenges that we never would have seen in front of us before.

I hope you will join us in our journey of creating interesting and inspired jewelry pieces.

Aside from Jewelry, I am happy to introduce another new addition and direction to this family business. Meet Aksel Kaikea Takashi Jensen, Akemi’s new baby boy. Born on his Mothers birthday in May 2014, he is a joy for all of us.

Aksel in crip

 

Happy New Year! As we welcome 2015, we wish you all a joyful and healthy New Year!

Kani ka pila – “Let’s make music”

If you’d like to hear some awesome ukulele music, attend the Ukulele Festival of Northern California. This year the event celebrates it’s 17th Annual. It will be held on Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 at the Chabot College / Performing Arts Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, California from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Program begins at 10:45 am. Doors open at 10:15 am. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8.00 (by March 15th – better hurry) and $10.00 at the door there after. Children under 4 years are admitted at no charge.

This year will be the first year that Paradisus will be exhibiting and selling at the Craft Fair. We are excited about opening our market to Northern California and making new friends.

Join us if you’re in the area…..or if you would like to spend the afternoon, listening to this distinctive Hawaiian instrument.

Perfect Pairing – Kuleana and Keiki Kruisers

A part of Paradisus is The Kuleana Collection. This collection celebrates the natural beauty of island life, while reminding us of our responsibility to preserve and protect these gifts for tomorrow.  It is our commitment to honor “Na hulu manu o Hawai’i” (The precious things of Hawai’i)

So it was particularly special when I discovered Keiki Kruisers .  This is a line of children’s ti-shirts with delightful drawings of a Pua (flower), a Pe’a (starfish), an Opihi (mollusk) and others designs that are also part of the Kuleana Collection. What could be more appropriate than to celebrate our children while honoring them with the same commitment.  And what a perfect Mother and Child gift for Mother’s Day or a New Baby.

Keiki Kruisers is designed by Lyda Liu of Waimea, Hawaii and is a Mom inspired clothing company. This active wear line is appropriate for all parts of a kid’s fun life, beach, school, playtime, indoor time. Her line can be found on-line www.keikikruisers.com.

Meet Kelli Martines and her daughter Leila as they play together, Leila in her Pe’a T-shirt and Kelli with her double Pe’a Paradisus Charms necklace.

Jalyn Tani Lang, Personal Style Consultant

Meet one of our retailers.  Jay doesn’t have a store front but manages to show and recommend our pieces to her clients.  This is her story..

I love Paradisus jewelry, which gives me a deep emotional connection to Hawaii, where I grew up. I respond to the strong designs and appreciate the handcrafted quality. I love that the jewelry can be worn with casual wear and formal wear. My sister wore the Paradisus pikake necklace and matching earrings with a formal gown to Barack Obama’s inauguration ball. I can dress up a casual summer sundress by putting on my Paradisus coral necklace with monsterra pendant. My kalo pin adds interest and focus to a simple sweater. People stop me and want to rip my monsterra cuff bracelet off my wrist, they love it so much.

I am a personal style consultant in the Bay Area where I help both men and women attain a versatile, coordinated wardrobe that is current without being trendy, stylish without being flashy. If you have no time, no interest, or no clue, let me help you figure out what to wear and how to make it work.

I start with a closet audit to edit and purge clothes and create combinations with a fresh eye from what survives. Once we know the missing pieces, the next step is a personalized shopping trip to build a dream wardrobe where things fit, styles flatter, and you look thinner. You save time and money, stay within your budget, and forgo those expensive fashion mistakes that looked great in the store but just sulked in your closet.

I also offer two other stress reducing services. I help reduce the anxiety of packing for travel, making sure your carryon is filled with the appropriate, the accessories, and the necessaries.  And Special events need not be fashion crises because I help with finding the perfect outfit, along with coordinating shoes, jewelry, and handbag.

Check out my website for more details about my services, as well as seasonal tips, newsletter articles, and my blog, Fashion Currents: http://jaytani.com/index.html.

Jalyn’s Ten Easy Steps to Looking Your Best
  1. Don’t become a fashion victim. Update your wardrobe to be current without being trendy.
  2. A sale item begs two questions: would I pay full price and what will I wear with it?
  3. Always have impeccable shoes and handbags. They can make or break an outfit.
  4. Think about cost per wearing. Clothes you wear often deserve to be investment pieces. Spend less on evening wear.
  5. Mantra: I will strive for quality over quantity.
  6. A good foundation for any outfit starts with bras that fit and flatter and underpants that don’t show.
  7. Seek the perfect fit. Looser clothes that skim and contour your body are more slimming than tight clothes.
  8. Choose dark neutrals as the backbone of your core wardrobe.
  9. Dress for your body type and your age. Just because it looks fabulous on the runway doesn’t mean you should own it.
  10. Be confident because you’ve paid attention to these easy steps, and you look your best!