Edward Ryon Makuahanai Aikau used paychecks earned from a Dole pineapple cannery to purchase his first surfboard and was hired by the city of Honolulu as its first lifeguard. Covering Sunset, Haleiwa, and every beach in between, Aikau was fearless, braving waves twenty or thirty feet in height, or more, to keep his community safe. Not a single life was lost on his watch at Waimea Bay. A protector to the end, Aikau was lost at sea during an expedition following an ancient Polynesian migration route; due to a leak, the expedition’s canoe capsized, and Aikau removed his lifejacket because it hindered his ability to paddle ashore on his surfboard in search of help. While the remaining crewmembers were rescued, Aikau was never seen again. His courage, valor, compassion, and love of big waves are memorialized in a competition colloquially known as the Eddie, the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau. Occurring at Waimea Bay, the Eddie has only taken place eight times since 1985 because conditions must be perfect to achieve swells of at least twenty feet, with wave faces of at least thirty feet, in height. Twenty-eight big-wave riders are invited to participate and can not be towed to the waves with jet skis. The Big Wave, a massive collection of sparkling tropical beach hues, evokes the cascading majesty of the eponymous swells. After all, when no one else dared, Eddie would go. Orli says, “Eddie Aikau was a brave man who protected any and all who sought to enjoy the rich, natural beauty of the North Shore. He loved to surf and be one with the ocean, and I think this captures the sheer vastness of the big waves to which only Eddie would dare go.”
It’s good to take a break, recharge the proverbial batteries, engage in lounging behavior, and catch up on some serious rest and relaxation. Doing so can sometimes clear the mind and lighten the heart. Orli often enjoys the simultaneous lively activity and peaceful tranquility of beaches. With their vibrant and shimmering shades that change as the day progresses and the warmth and sensory appeal of their natural atmosphere, coastlines are rife with symbols long associated with the beauty and balminess of beaches. From birds to big waves, Orli invokes them colorfully in Coast.
Let’s get coastal.
Orli has decided that there is no reason for any aspect of any piece of jewelry to be boring in any way. Jewelry can be a total experience, encompassing a unique look and feel and displaying beauty and interest at every angle. In fact, it was in this collection that Orli first pioneered her use of draping extensions at the backs of her necklaces. Party in the front, in the back, and on the sides, Prismatic pieces are characterized by opulent sensory appeal that rivets your visual and tactile attention with lavish, vibrant colors and an intricate incorporation of texture and surface. Ultimately, this collection reflects richness, playfulness, and rampant whimsicality.