O Ke Kai – ‘Iliahialo’e Sandalwood Flower



Na Mea O Ke Kai  – Things From The Sea. ‘Iliahialo’e is the fragrant and lovely flower of endemic and vulnerable coast sandalwood. This flower represents an important part of Hawaii’s history, and is part of our Kahakai Lei collection, coastal lei flowers that may find their way to the ocean. Read more about ‘ili’ahialo’e below!

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Coast sandalwood (Santalum ellipticum) is one of a number of sandalwood varieties that were found from the coasts to forests in Hawaii. In fact Hawaii boasts 6 species of sandalwood that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Endemic and vulnerable, sandalwood was victim to the booming, if devastating Hawaii sandalwood trade in the 1790’s-early 1800’s. By the mid 1830’s Hawaiian sandalwood supply was nearly exhausted. This dark history was the cause of one of the worst famines in Hawaiian history as agricultural labor was diverted to sandalwood. Eventually, King Kamehameha III put a kapu on the remaining sandalwood in 1939 and by 1940 the trade collapsed. Find more information in this article. Before the sandalwood trade however, the Hawaiians used the aromatic plant in many ways. They ate the nuts, used its oil medicinally, lent its scent to refresh bedding and clothing. The bark was even used to both help waterproof kapa and to take away the bad smell of new kapa. And of course, as with most fragrant flowers, the Hawaiians used the blooms and new leaves to make lei.


Sandalwood, or ‘iliahialoe flowers for your O Ke Kai Necklace. Hand carved endemic and vulnerable Hawaiian sandalwood flowers, available in sterling silver (vermeil coming soon), solid gold on request.


  • The flower is 15mm (.6″) across, 14mm high
  • When you purchase charms with a chain get 15% off all charms (use this link)
  • Charms are easy to remove – add or changing out your necklace takes seconds
  • All sterling silver (18K gold vermeil coming soon) – solid gold on request
  • Lead and nickel free
  • Made in Hawaii
  • More information on vermeil can be found in the blog


Additional information

Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Sterling silver, Gold (18K vermeil)

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