In its first five years, Kolohe has risen to bejeweled stardom with a loyal customer base and two boutiques in the last two years. Now, founder Rose Wong continues in stride as she releases fine jewelry line Oasis by Kolohe, a new collection drawing on Pantone’s color of the year and looks to expand on the mainland and beyond.
Pieces from the Herkimer Diamond Collection
Imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit, Rose Wong dove headfirst into the world of jewelry, learning and perfecting the art as she navigated her first experiences in retail. Not long aft er, her passion project developed into Kolohe, a semiprecious jewelry collection created to fill a gap she witnessed in the market. Offering 14K gold fill, sterling silver and, now, 14K solid gold jewelry, Wong’s answer to modern Hawai‘i’s accessory needs soon collected a fervent following.
With boutiques in ‘Alohilani and on Waikiki Beach Walk, Kolohe has quickly grown to local renown thanks to its handcraft ed and customizable pieces. “When something is truly yours, when you see it come to life, it’s a beautiful thing,” says Wong. “It’s my little way of putting a mark on the world by connecting women (and men) with the one thing we all love: jewelry.” Up next for the brand, the designer looks to fresh collections, a fine jewelry line and expanding outside Hawai‘i’s borders.
Kolohe’s recently debuted higher-end collection, Oasis by Kolohe, is Wong’s answer to heritage designs for the modern age—or “casual luxury,” as she’s dubbed it. “We believe that luxury is more than just the price range,” she says. “Luxury lies in the sentiment, in newfound heritage and in our ability to emulate a client’s story in solid gold and semiprecious to precious stones.” From Oasis by Kolohe, expect brand favorites like the signature Wave ring reimagined with solid gold and precious gems, such as diamonds and sapphires. Each piece, of course, is unique to the customer’s individual design specifications and preferences.
Men’s items from Oasis by Kolohe.
Also on the horizon, Wong will release the Herkimer Diamond Collection in July. Looking to Pantone’s color of the year, Ultimate Gray, the lineup will showcase Herkimer Diamonds, a gray speckled hard quartz. “We aim for our jewelry to be modern yet timeless,” says Wong, “so we devote much of our energies to continually studying jewelry, fashion and cultural trends and merging them into pieces that are classic.”
A cascading necklace with accompanying accessories from the Herkimer Diamond Collection
With deep ties to the local retail scene, Wong looks to expansion and hopes of taking her brand to the mainland and, even, international. “Kolohe’s jewelry aesthetic can be described as modern minimalism with designs inspired by Hawai‘i’s distinct blend of cultural styles,” she says. “Our objective is to create jewelry that is not only designed to be functional as a wardrobe staple, but also craft ed uniquely to the wearer and his or her personal style. If our jewelry were to have a statement, it would be confidence.” Look out, California and Australia, this local talent is on a roll. 227 Lewers St., Honolulu; 2490 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu
New pieces from fine jewelry line Oasis by Kolohe.
Photography by: By Reid Shimabukuro; Photo Assistant/Jay-R Abalos; Creative Director/Faithlyn Derla; Wardrobe/Brunello Cucinelli; Models/Rose Wong, Faithlyn Derla, Andrew Szczepan, Gabe Griebenow, Tiana Kealoha