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Hawaiian Tattoo Makau in sterling silver, with black enamel inlay

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Keoni's original design honors Hawaiian ancestral spirit guides, or ʻaumākua.  The triangle symbolizes the shark (mano), protector in the water; the feathers symbolize the owl (pueo), guardian on land. The wavy lines represent the ocean’s powerful life force.  Keoni's design also includes the signature band he carves into the headdresses of his tikis. 

Part of Keoni's 2011 Makau Pendant Collection, the hook is a symbol of fortitude -- it means you can provide for yourself and others.

  • Sterling silver, with black enamel.
  • Rhodium-treated, to enhance durability and shine.
  • Measures approx. three-fourths an inch wide, by one and five-eighths inches high (3/4”W x 1 5/8H).
  • Also available in gold and platinum.
  • Can accommodate up to a 4mm chain or cord.
  • Shown on black 3mm braided leather cord, with sterling silver ends.
  • Cord sold separately.

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  1. Bubba Burger 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Feb 2020

    Had been looking at Keoni's website for a few years before I took my son to Kauai for his 21st birthday. We happened to be eating at the Bubba Burger in Hanalei, when I heard them call out Keoni's name for his order pick up. I immediately recognized his name, and glanced around till I spotted him. I approached Keoni, and spoke with him about my desire to get one of his hook necklaces, and that I had been on his website repeatedly over the years. Keoni asked me which one I was interested in, and we were able to arrange a purchase/ pickup that same day. It was exciting and unexpected to make my purchase this way, but it surely made for a memorable experience. Thank you Keoni and Heather for making this so memorable.

  2. Power of the hook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Dec 2014

    My wife and I came back to Kauai again last May and finally found the master in art of the hook. Keoni spoke with us for about 45 minutes on many topics, mostly the culture of his people and what it really means to him. I ended up buying the tattoo hook and have worn it proudly ever since. I know it protects me when I'm in the ocean and I think of my new friend as well. Now my son is going to be wearing one to protect him in the same way.. Thank you again for this fine piece Dan

  3. For the Memories 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Sep 2014

    30 years ago I took a trip with my Mom to three of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. Even though my Mom is no longer here, I will forever have the memories of our trip as we experience the amazing sights, sounds, and tastes that are Hawaii. I have always wanted just the right Hawaiian hook pendant to represent our trip, but never found just the right one until I stumbled on Keoni's artful designs on the Internet. The pendant is superb craftsmanship. It couldn't be more perfect. When I wear it My Mom and Hawaii are with me. Thank you to Keoni & Heather for everything!

  4. Good Luck 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Sep 2014

    I bought this necklace for my 8 yr old son who is very active and spirited. He wanted me to thank Keoni and Heather. In his opinion, this piece has improved his hockey skills and he believes it has brought him and his team good luck, as they have not lost a game since he started wearing the necklace.
    The hook is well made and beautiful, he wears it everywhere and everyday! We receive compliments frequently on the craftsmanship and pure beauty of the piece. It may seem a bit extravagant for a child, but I'm a firm believer that when he is older he will still have this necklace and will associate many memories with it.
    Heather and Keoni are both amazing individuals kind and caring and as stated by other reviewers genuinely interested in our travel and lives.
    Thank you for creating such beautiful pieces and bringing JJ and his team such great "luck"! He won't go a game without it.

  5. Beautiful Work of Art 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jul 2014

    This piece is really stunning and of amazing quality. My husband and I saw it while strolling through the Hanalei farmers market back in May. My husband doesn't really wear necklaces, but he was stopped in his tracks admiring this pendant and chatting with Keoni. He didn't feel he could justify spending this much on something for himself, so I tucked away Keoni's card and ordered it for him for our Anniversary. He just loves it! He wears it every day and has gotten many compliments on it. I'm a little jealous as it really is a cool piece, for a man or a woman.

    Ordering online was easy and very pleasant - Heather was really helpful communicating along the way and showed a genuine interest in who the pendant was for, how he liked it, how Keoni could personalize a note, etc. Arrived very quickly as well.

    Thanks Keoni and Heather for giving me a great gift to give my husband!

  6. We love it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Mar 2014

    This was the perfect gift for a man who loves fishing, Kauai and art. We love it!

  7. Perfect Valentine Gift 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Feb 2014

    Saw this piece in Hanalei when my husband and I met Keoni and Heather. I wanted something special for my husband this year for Valentine's Day and I knew I had to get this for him. When it arrived, I thought it is even more beautiful then I remembered it. Thank you both for rushing out this order and we cannot wait to visit you both again this summer. This is very special to us both!

  8. Beautiful Work of Art 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Feb 2014

    I ordered the tattoo fish hook and leather cord for my husband as a birthday gift. We had seen one in person last year at the Hanalei market and we both fell in love with the design. If is such a beautiful piece of art with a beautiful meaning behind the symbols. My husband's been wearing it since he got it, and has received many compliments already. Thank you Keoni!!

  9. Powerful pendant, amazing customer service 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Jan 2014

    Keoni's Hawaiian Tattoo Makau pendants are stunning. We met Keoni and Heather at the Hanalei farmers market this fall, and were impressed with the craftsmanship and spirituality of each piece. When it was time to choose a Christmas gift for my husband, I ordered the pendant online. Not only was it shipped quickly, but Heather and Keoni took care of every detail - personalizing a card, advising me on which cord length to order - all with Hawaiian aloha.

  10. I'll treasure my makau forever 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jun 2013

    After living on the island of Kauai, Hawaii for three years I can honestly say I've seen A LOT of makau pendants. None are quite as beautiful, or quite as special as Keoni's. He is a true Hawaiian native and you know that when you have one of his pieces, it's not just a souvenir. It's a piece of beautiful, local, art. I feel proud to wear this piece everywhere I go. It symbolizes the true Hawaiian spirit and reminds me of what Aloha really means. Keoni and Heather are amazing people who work very hard to put forward the most amazing jewelry and sculpture possible, and I'm proud to wear and represent them, and the amazing island of Kauai!

  11. Live Aloha in style 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Feb 2013

    I got my Makau fish hook pendant last week and am one happy Haole! I met Keoni and Heather last fall at the farmers market and fell in love with the necklace. I have a hard time spending money on myself so passed on buying one at the time. I did vow that I would own one sooner or later and the photo contest that Keoni had gave me the opportunity to own one sooner. With the gift certificate that I won for 2nd place I was able to place my order. Putting on the necklace transformed me from Haole to islander and Keoni's art will be around my neck until the last wave washes me away. Thank you so much as I am sure others will feel the same as I do!

  12. Just Beautiful 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Nov 2012

    My husband & I went to the Coconut festival on Kauai in Oct. We had been looking for a unique fish hook & found it in Keoni's carvings. Being the realist that he is, my husband said he really liked it but didn't 'need' it. Unbeknownst to him, I took a business card, came home & ordered it for his bday in Dec. It arrived yesterday & is as amazing as I remembered. He will be surprised and more than delighted!

  13. Beautiful Hawaiian Art Piece 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Oct 2012

    When my wife and I came upon Keoni's booth at the Hanalei farmers market we were immediately taken by his artful work. My wife was drawn to his pearls, for me the Tattoo Makau pendent was immediately a must buy. It's not just that it is a lovely piece, but the story behind it reminds me of Keoni. We had such a great time talking to him, and learning about the spirit of Kauai. For me this piece embodies Keoni's spirit, and the spirit of the Hawaiian islands.

  14. Beautiful indeed, but powerful, too 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Sep 2012

    While browsing the different booths at a fair on Kauai, I came upon Keoni and Heather's booth. I was halted by the sheer beauty of these hooks. My wife wanted to get me one, and it only took a few seconds to choose the Hawaiian Tattoo Makau. When Keoni explained the symbolism of the design, I knew I'd picked the right one. Wearing it is more than an accessory for me - I feel stronger, more confident.

    I only wish I could help convey this concept over the web. I can only tell you that you will find your hook to be so much more than you thought when you ordered it, and much more beautiful than any 2 dimensional picture could show.

  15. A Family Heirloom 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jun 2012

    After purchasing a hook for my husband, and knowing the symbolism, my sisters and I purchased one for our father in appreciation for his guidance, strength, love and protection he has always provided to us. Just like the hook symbolizes.

  16. Beautiful piece 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Mar 2012

    I just received my Tattoo Makau and it is a true piece of art. It looks great. I couldn't be more pleased with the whole experience. Outstanding.

  17. A beautiful piece of art! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Mar 2012

    My wife bought me a Hawaiian Tattoo Makau and its beautiful. I also have a Maui style Makau I got after meeting Keoni in Kauai. The work he does on the Makau and the braided cord are fantastic. Get more than one they're all great! Keoni is also one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

  18. Best Fish Hook Necklace I've Ever Seen 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Feb 2012

    I love Kauai and want to help out local artisans rather than big businesses. When I discovered Keoni's work I was really impressed with his passion, honouring his culture. When I received the Hawaiian Tattoo pendant I was more than pleased. It is exceptionally well made, has clean smooth lines, the tattoo is perfect and the silver shines. I've seen a lot of other Fish Hook pendants but they are all vanilla, this one is truly unique ... hoping he does the same tattoo with the Kauai Style Makau. Aloha!

  19. A prized possession 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Feb 2012

    We love the work both Keoni and Heather do on their gold and silver necklaces. Each piece is inspired by Keoni's knowledge of Kauai's tradition and spirit, and the craftsmanship is remarkable. We bought a Hawaiian Tattoo fish hook necklace for Karen's brother, Tweety, while he visited us here, and it has become his most prized possession. Thanks to you both for the true gift of your hearts seen in every piece you present.

  20. BEAUTIFUL & SYMBOLIC 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Feb 2012

    These gorgeous hand crafted pendants are like Kauai Sunsets, the same, only different. No two are exactly alike and each is beautiful in it's own right.

    Being Irish, I am superstitious and the symbolism of the design also drew me in. When I wear my pendant, I do believe that I feel not only fortitude but some of the special Kauai spirit of aloha, no matter where I am.

    Mahalo Keoni for this constant connection to my beloved Kauai.

  21. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Dec 2011

    This is an absolutely beautiful piece of hand-crafted jewelry. It is perfect in every respect! I like unique and different...this is definitely not "off the rack". The uniqueness is only surpassed by the beautiful workmanship. Great doing business with these folks......

  22. Special meaning 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Dec 2011

    I don’t typically wear jewelry, but I was immediately attracted to Keoni's fish hook pendants. The item is superbly crafted, and I have received numerous compliments on this great looking pendant. Keoni, you are specially talented, and it was great meeting you in person.

  23. More Than Just Jewelry 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Nov 2011

    Ever since I saw Keoni's fish hook pendants, I couldn't get them out of my mind. God, they're so gorgeous and I love the meaning behind them.

  24. High Quality Jewelry 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Nov 2011

    My wife and I bought two fish hooks from Keoni as anniversary presents. We are very pleased with the quality and how they retain the tattooed black on the hook. If you like what you see in the picture, you will like the product.

  25. Happiness 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Nov 2011

    While vacationing on Kauai with my Ohana, I met Keoni. I was amazed by his carvings and jewelry. His work truly represents the Hawaiian Culture and the Aloha Spirit. My daughter and I wanted to get a special gift for my husband, one that would remind him of all the wonderful memories that were created while on Kauai. I purchased the Hawaiian Tattoo Makau pendant for my husband. My daughter and I believe that this pendant will be a reminder to my husband of our Ohana's love for Kauai/Hawaii and for one another.


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