Panache to Treasure



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Lei ChicMC Hammer harem pants. Your ninth grade perm. That guy you hooked up with on a five-Hello-Kitty-shots night then dumped four hours later in the parking lot.

Some things don’t deserve a second chance.

Make an exception for an eco-friendly jewelry line that gives recycled pieces a fresh art.


thinknow’s the work of former Honolulu resident and architectural designer Rebecca Ellis Luong. Her intricately etched earrings, necklaces and bangles are made completely out of material leftover from artisans in her current hometown of Seattle.

Wood veneer tossed by cabinetmakers is reinvented into a flurry of maple leaves that nestle right in your collarbone. Paper matting castoffs from a frame shop are laser cut and colored into scrap-tacular pendant earrings.

Lei Chic thinknow’s newest collection, Cape Olohana, turns the sweeping silhouettes of the kiele (gardenia in Hawaiian) and melia (plumeria) flowers into bold jewelry perfect for brunch on the beach, but sophisticated enough for champagne at sunset.

Almost every piece can be customized, with your choice of wood finish and paper color.

So you’ll have a cool new look when your nightclub fling starts texting you for a do over.

Now that’s wiping the slate green.

thinknow is carried exclusively in Hawaii at Chai Studios, 675 Auahi St. between Coral and Keawe streets . You can also see the entire line on thinknow’s website.

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