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Ivory sales ban eyed in legislature


    Waikiki Gold and Silver displayed ivory pieces at the 26th annual Hawaii Collectors‘ Expo at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu on Feb. 21.


    Ivory-ban advocates Marjorie Ziegler, left, of the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i; Tony Hunstiger of the Nsefu Wildlife Conservation Foundation; and Inga Gibson, senior state director of the Humane Society of the U.S., held an elephant tusk Tuesday that was seized by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement.


    Herman “Uncle Helemano” Lee displayed a lei niho palaoa, or carved hook, made of walrus ivory at the Hawaii Collectors’ Expo. Lee said items like this are culturally significant to Native Hawaiians.

The ivory earrings have darkened with age, but they remain lovely emblems of a certain classic, understated island style. Carved by hand into the shape of mock orange blossoms, their value is enhanced in the eyes of collectors by the mark of Ming’s Jewelry, the Hawaii-founded business that closed in 1999. Read more

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