'Ilima Bar Necklace
Lei may not be available everywhere, but with our 'Ilima Bar Necklace you’ll be able to wear a popular flower used to make it. Available in 18K gold vermeil and sterling silver, the bar necklace features the titular 'īlima (Native Hawaiian flower) as a pendant and adjustable chain that stretches from 16 to 18 inches. Perfect for any season, the 'Ilima Bar Necklace can be dressed up with an evening gown or dressed down with a shirt or casual romper.
ʻilima n. Small to large native shrubs (all species of Sida, especially S. fallax), bearing yellow, orange, greenish, or dull-red flowers; some kinds strung for lei. The flowers last only a day and are so delicate that about 500 are needed for one lei. Fruits of ma‘o (Abutilon grandifolium), when green and soft, are used with ʻilima leis, one fruit at each end of the lei; or the pale-green, cap-like calyx of the ʻilima flower is used. A mild laxative for babies is made by squeezing out the juice of flowers; this is called kanakamaikaʻi. The ʻilima was designated in 1923 by the Territorial Legislature as the flower of O‘ahu. It is related to the hibiscus. (Neal 552–3.) (As found on wehewehe.org.)