Whether you are on the hunt for beautiful and unique Hawaiian gifts for loved ones, or you’re taking an opportunity to spoil yourself with your very own Maui hook pendant necklace, you’re sure to find the perfect piece at Whaler’s Locker. Our creative fish hooks and other pendants are crafted out of one of a kind, quality materials that make our products stand apart from the rest.
The History of the Maui Hook
If you’ve seen Disney’s hit movie Moana, you have heard the name Maui in the context of a demi-god. Maui is a deity shared throughout the religions of Polynesia. He is known for using his superhuman abilities to benefit the human race. It turns out that all the feats he brags about in his song “You’re Welcome” are pretty accurate based on the legends. As seen in the movie, in the Hawaiian versions of the mythological stories of Maui, he wields a magical fish hook. Because of this, we now refer to this style of fish hook as a Maui hook. The Maui hook is symbolic of strength, prosperity, and good luck while traveling by sea. The message behind the hook makes it a meaningful gift for any person on any occasion. Whaler’s Locker offers beautiful handcrafted jewelry made from a wide array of materials.
Here are three that you, or your loved one, are sure to love:
Maple Burl and Resin Maui Fish Hooks
A burl is an (often) round growth on a tree that has resulted from stress or trauma. The wood is highly valued and sought after because of the rarity and the challenge that it presents to a sculptor. On a leather cord with sterling silver details, this piece is strong and masculine.
Faux Ivory Maui Fish Hooks
Faux or French ivory is an alternative to real ivory. Ivory, made from the tusks of animals such as elephants and walruses, is highly controversial. The ivory trade has wreaked havoc on many different species of wild animals. Faux ivory is a great alternative to get all the beauty and none of the guilt. It represents purity and innocence and makes a stunning Hawaiian gift when carved into a Maui hook.
Purple Heart Wood Maui Fish Hooks
Hand carved purple heart wood fishhook necklace by local Maui artist David Haake.
Handcrafted Hawaiian gifts are a great way to show a person how special you think they are. When the gift you present is one of a kind, made of beautiful material, and has symbolic meaning, it inspires an awe factor that we strive for at Whaler’s Locker.