Hawaiian hand-carved hooks are one of the most thoughtful and unique gifts you can give. Often thought of as a symbol of energy, strength, prosperity, abundance, or good luck, these hand-carved hooks are customizable to the person wearing them. Finding the perfect piece for yourself or someone you love is just a matter of research. Because these handcrafted fish hooks can be made out of various natural and composite materials, the possibilities are endless!
The History of Hawaiian Hand-Carved Hooks
Hawaiian fishermen have been wearing a variation of these fish hooks since ancient times. Ancient Hawaiian lore states that these hand-carved hooks become a part of the wearer’s spirit, and as such, handing them down through the generations establishes a sacred, unbreakable bond.
Often referred to as “Makau,” “Carabao,” or “Maori,” this stylized fish hook is popular not only as an adornment for fishermen, it has also become one of the most popular and unique gifts for tourists, as a way of wishing them good luck on their journey home.
Picking the Perfect Hand-Carved Fish Hook
Whether gifting a hand-carved hook for an upcoming special occasion or choosing one for yourself, deciding on the perfect one can be difficult with more options out there than fish in the sea!
But here at Whaler’s Locker, we have plenty of handcrafted options available. We’ve highlighted three of our favorites below:
- The Koa Wood Maui Fish Hook
- The Mango Wood Maui Fish Hook
- The Scrimshaw Deer Antler Maui Fish Hook
Koa Wood Maui Fish Hook
Carved by a local artist, this hand-carved hook is sourced from authentic Koa wood. Fun fact: the Koa is the second most common tree present on the Hawaiian Islands. This hook is set on a fully adjustable leather cord complete with sterling silver hardware.
Mango Wood Maui Fish Hook
This hand-carved hook not only dazzles because of its uniqueness, but it also comes complete with a whale tail carved at the top!
Scrimshaw Deer Antler Maui Fish Hook
Inspired by historic scrimshaw work produced by whalers in the past, this unique hand-carved fish hook is crafted from deer antlers and comes on a fully adjustable cotton cord. The one-of-a-kind design makes this a unique gift for someone you love!
Hooked? We Can Help You with That!
No matter what the occasion, we have hand-carved hooks available in a variety of sizes, shapes, designs, and materials, perfect to fit just about anyone’s style. Check out even more of our hand-carved hooks or other unique gift ideas on our website!
Since 1971, our shop has called Maui home. We’ve served customers from all over the world, and now we’ve put our collection online to reach more of you! Picking out handcrafted, unique gifts for everyone in your life has never been easier. Plus, we ship to all 50 states. Let us know how we can help you find the right gift for that special someone today.