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HAWAII SHARK ENCOUNTERS
Experience Hawaii's beautiful sharks in their open ocean environment from the safety of a special steel and plexiglass cage. Very exciting and educational, this could be the highlight of your vacation! Bring your camera!

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WYLAND Galleries of Hawaii Beachwalk Honolulu Exclusive Line of MonicaByTheShore Sunrise Shells Jewelry
Wyland Galleries of Hawaii Beachwalk is proud to unveil an exclusive line of "MonicaByTheShore" Sunrise Shells Jewelry Designs! Premiering on October 1st 2013, this will be the first ever retail location to offer the line of "MonicaByTheShore Sunrise Shells", and what a beautiful location it is! Wyland Galleries Beachwalk Waikiki is the most beautiful gallery of all 48 galleries worldwide, and is in the heart of Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii! Select exclusive MonicaByTheShore Sunrise Shell designer jewelry will be offered at this gallery only! Watch for unique Wyland/MonicaByTheShore collaborations including Monica's Sunrise Shells and Wyland's Whale Tail and Dolphin charms in sterling silver and 14K gold! This is a perfect match-up of two friends ocean inspired art and jewelry in a simply amazing environment, you'll want to browse forever! For more info, call the Gallery: 808.924.1322. Wyland Galleries of Hawaii Beachwalk, 226 Lewers St. Ste. L-127 Honolulu, HI 96815

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Honolulu's Star Advertiser "MidWeek" feature story about "Sunrise Shells by MonicaByTheShore"
A feature story about "Sunrise Shells by MonicaByTheShore" in "MidWeek" newspaper, a feature section of the Honolulu Star Advertiser! October 31, 2012
"Sunrise Shells & Smiles" YouTube Video of Happy People across the world wearing my Sunrise Shells!
A short & cheerful 3 minute YouTube video showing the smiling faces of happy people from all over the world who enjoy wearing MonicaByTheShore Sunrise Shells!

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YouTube Video "Hawaiian Sunrise Shells by MonicaByTheShore"
A beautiful video with breathtaking images of the rare Hawaiian Sunrise Shell from the collection of "MonicaByTheShore", of Haleiwa, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

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Monica's Sunrise Shell Blog
My Blog! New pics and stories about what's happening in my world of Hawaiian Sunrise Shells and all the fun things happening on our beautiful North Shore! Check it out!!

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YouTube news story about MonicaByTheShore Sunrise Shells
Yasmin Dar of KITV interviews me about the start up of MonicaByTheShore for the morning news show, Honolulu!

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MonicaByTheShore Photography on the TV News
NBC News affiliate KGMB & KHNL the Hawaii News Now show interviewed me and showed a series of my photos of a big wave ocean rescue. Here's the video!

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Really Hawaiian ~ Unique Made In Hawaii Products & Gifts
Really Hawaiian website will point you in the right direction for authentic Made in Hawaii products and gifts, plus many interesting and informative Hawaiian articles.

Feature article about "MonicaByTheShore"!

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TBS Japanese Broadcasting Interview with "MonicaByTheShore"
Masami Komatsu of TBS "Hawaii Information" broadcasting from Honolulu & to Japan interviews "MonicaByTheShore" to learn all about the Hawaiian Sunrise Shell!

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KITV News Honolulu -- " MonicaByTheShore " Sunrise Shells Small Business
Learn about the start up of " Sunrise Shells by MonicaByTheShore " of Haleiwa, Hawaii, and how Internet marketing on Google and Facebook helped get the business rolling!

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Chupu North Shore Sport Fishing Charter Boat Fleet
Select charter boats from the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii as well as other islands, Chupu Charters provides for the most experienced captains, the best equipped fishing charter boats and your chance of reeling in that "once in a lifetime" catch or world record breaker! Often see sharks, whales, turtles, porpoise & seabirds too!
H2O ADVENTURES HAWAII SPORT FISHING CHARTERS
The most exciting fishing charter boat business on the island! Deep sea trolling or reef & bottom fishing trips, there's something for everyone! On the beautiful North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Fish for Blue Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi and more. Sport fishing at it's BEST!

Fishing trips aboard "the SEEKER" out of Haleiwa Harbor, on the North Shore.

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H2O ADVENTURES HAWAII SCUBA DIVING CHARTERS
Scuba dive the North Shore with H2O Adventures Hawaii! Reef dives, wreck dives, lava tubes & caverns, specialty dives including night & pelagic twilight dives, snorkeling & whale watching trips too! Always a professional PADI Divemaster or Instructor. Come explore the Hawaiian underwater world with H2O Adventures Hawaii!

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Haleiwa Arts Festival
Each summer during the month of July the best of Hawaii's artist, photographers, jewelers, crafters, sculptors, carvers and other very talented people converge on the beautiful Haleiwa Beach Park for a weekend open air festival celebrating the arts! There's over 125 juried artisans along with live music, Hula, many different kinds of food vendors, and fun things for the kids! Its a great place to meet people, browse some great art, eat local food and enjoy the countryside by the beach. On the North Shore, Haleiwa Town, Oahu, Hawaii. Event dates for 2012 are July 21 - 22. Stop by to say Aloha MonicaByTheShore & enjoy some beautiful Sunrise Shells!
Fun YouTube video of MonicaByTheShore Free Diving with the North Shore Sharks!
My Mother's Day gift from my son, Chris, was a private free dive with the wild Galapagos Sharks in 600 feet of water 4 miles off the coast of the North Shore of Oahu! This shark dive adventure from his personal boat "The SEEKER" beats a nice dinner & a card any day in my book!!

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SKYDIVE HAWAII
Skydive Hawaii has one of the most beautiful drop zones in the world, and they are rated #1 for first time jumpers. In Mokuleia, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii.
HAWAII POLO CLUB AND POLO FIELDS
Polo on the Beach! Hawaii Polo Club & Polo Fields is located along the beautiful white sands beach of Mokuleia. A 40 year tradition with international teams competing each Sunday. Enjoy the party after the event with live bands & dancing, food & bar. This is one of the North Shore's best kept secrets!
Vacation Rental at Sharks Cove, Waimea Bay, North Shore, Oahu Hawaii
New, beautifully decorated, super clean and private large studio vacation rental on Oahu's North Shore. Located across from Shark's Cove and a 3 minute walk to Waimea Bay, this place sits on a quiet country acre at the base of Pupukea. Close to everything that makes the North Shore so special, and great rates too!
Keep the Country Country - Defend Oahu Coalition
The Defend Oahu Coalition is a diverse group of community residents, environmentalists, activists and religious leaders, all working together toward one immediate goal: protecting communities on Oahu from the dangerous effects of large scale development. They believe that the beautiful open spaces and shorelines on Oahu are for all residents and visitors to enjoy. They are committed to ensuring that it will be be a resource for generations to come.
The "Grommom" Blog
The Grommom's blog ~ a great blog about raising four young surfer sons on Oahu's North Shore is both fun & informative! As "Grommom" Monica Swanson talks story & shares photos about raising her 4 "groms" on our Oahu island paradise, you'll also learn about her favorite Hawaiian style recipes, tips on health & fitness, fun things to do on the North Shore & of course lots of surfing and skateboarding!! A must read especially if you're a Mom of Boyz!
Babes Against Biotech
This is an extremely hard working non-profit organization that I personally sponsor and work with in a photo-journalism activist capacity. Please learn about them and please donate generously, they would even appreciate your donated FF miles! Mission: To educate the entire world about the food crisis we are in regarding GMOs, Genetically Modified Organisms which represent multiple global biohazards and genetic instability for humans and environment alike. We seek to mandate GMO labeling in the US, remove GMOs from our food supply altogether and to bring attention to biotechnology experimentation being conducted in open air on Hawaiian land and residents. We plan to STOP Monsanto and their comrades from controlling the food supply worldwide and annihilating organic foods, terrorizing non-GMO farmers and funding our politicians while tampering with the integrity of regulatory agencies that are supposed to be protecting people.
Medical Benefits of Sunrise Shells of Hawaii!
Beautiful images of Sunrise Shells are good for you health! Relax, enjoy the calm & soothing effects on your health & attitude!
Cover Shot of Honolulu Weekly by MonicaByTheShore!
A story about the efforts to Keep the Country Country on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
Waialua Fresh
Come by and visit us and see all the delicious, vibrant, locally-grown fruits and vegetables we have to offer. We also offer a variety of specialty Asian foods to whip up tasty, healthful onolicious dishes. Check out our snacks and drinks sections too! Address 67-071 Nauahi St., Waialua, HI 96791
HAWAII FIVE-O Hit TV Show on CBS
My FAVORITE TV show, and its not only because they are being costumed in my MonicaByTheShore Sunrise Shell Jewelry!! This such a great honor, and makes me so happy!!
HAWAII DREAM VACATION RENTALS
From condos on the beach to sprawling oceanfront estates, check out over 40 North Shore Vacation Rental Properties, then give Mark & Jeri a call to book your next Hawaiian vacation, and tell them Monica sent you!
YMCA Camp Erdman
YMCA Camp H.R. Erdman is located on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii and has been the place for conferences, retreats, camps and family reunions since 1926. Nestled between the Waianae Mountains and pristine beaches of Mokuleia, Camp Erdman provides the perfect camp setting for kids of all ages.
The MISSION North Shore
The Mission is a North Shore church that meets at the Sunset Beach Elementary School on Kamehameha Highway, directly across the street from the Bonsai Pipeline surf break. Led by Pastor Tripp Turner each Sunday, 9am for worship, the Word, and fellowship. Community of surfers, fishermen, and other regular type people of the Sunset community. All are welcome, come as you are!
North Shore Christian Fellowship Church
Sunday Morning Services with Pastor Mike Stangel in the heart of old Haleiwa Town. Meets at 8:00am & 10:00am at the Historic Haleiwa Gym for worship, the Word & fellowship. 66-434 Kamehameha Hwy. Haleiwa, HI NSCF is an affiliate of Calvary Chapels.
TBS Japanese Station "Come To Hawaii Show" with Masami Komatsu
Japanese language show about all the wonderful things the Hawaiian Islands have to offer our Japanese friends that come to visit Paradise! Broadcasting from Honolulu, Hawaii and available to 3 million people in Tokyo Japan too! Each Monday at 8:20am. Webcast & Podcast too!

Sunrise Shells by MonicaByTheShore featured on Monday June 14, 2011
MonicaByTheShore Hawaii dōTERRA Essential Oils
dōTERRA Essential Oils for holistic health & well-being. 100% Certified Pure & Therapeutic Grade essential oils & aromatherapy products.
Sunrise Shells in Hawaiian History & Legend
Hawaiian legend suggests that Sunrise Shells were the exclusive property of the Hawaiian royal families and that 'commoners' were not allowed to keep or wear them, but were instead ordered to search for the shells for the Chiefs and thier families. These beautiful shells were thought to be sacred and to bestow special blessings to the wearer, of which only the Hawaiian Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses were worthy.

Unfortunately there are very few sketches of ancient (late 1700s - early 1800s)Hawaiian Kings and Queens. I have researched hundreds of documents, drawings and museum archives but I have not been able to find one picture or description of a Hawaiian monarch wearing a Sunrise Shell.

With the coming of the missionaries in the 1800s also came the adoption of the European style of dress, and so the majority of available drawings of Hawaiian Royalty picture them in European-style dress and adornment. The pictures on this page are of the few that I could find in traditional native Hawaiian costume, and are from the early 1800s.

High Chief Boki and his wife the High Chiefess Kuini Liliha
Sunrise Shells - Drilling Holes or Use of Adhesives??
Discussion on the practice of piercing the shells and the use of adhesives.

To Drill, or not to Drill, that is the question. :) I'm talking about Shells of course! This is a recent concern, of questionable origin, and here are my thoughts on the subject:



1. Piercing (drilling) the shells is the traditional way of the ancient Hawaiians. They couldn't go to the hardware store to buy glue. They used sharpened pieces of bone, tooth or other shells to pierce holes in the shells so that they could string them into leis. They often used their own long hair as a stringing material!

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Caring for your Sunrise Shell
Hawaian Sunrise Shells are not usually found in perfectly clean, pristine condition. Most of the time they will be covered with calcium deposits, a hard white crusting that grows on the shell as it lies on the ocean floor. Calcium deposits must be removed by using a fine wire brush and many, many hours of scrubbing! If you are buying one of my shells, I have already done this for you, but a lot of people are curious about this technique so here are my How To secrets!

Get comfortable, put on some good music, and with shell in one hand and a fine wire brush in the other, start brushing! Just like sanding wood, brush your shell with short, quick strokes that go with the direction of the shell's ridges. You will see a fine white dust coming off the shell if you are doing it right. Keep brushing! You can use a dental pick or needle to pick out any calcium deposits that are embedded in tiny holes or crevices in your shell. A magnifying glass helps a lot, I use a jeweler's loop to get an almost microscopic view of my shells.

Scrubbing with a fine wire brush is the best method for cleaning shells without compromising the shell's color or shell strength. Since the calcium build-up is much softer than the shell itself, the wire brush will remove the calcium without damaging the shell. Some people use muradic acid to disolve the calcium quickly but this is dangerous because the acid will disolve your shell too, so don't try this short-cut! Sunrise Shells are pourous, the acid will leach into the shell and will eat away at it, creating holes, crumbling the edges and also ruining the color. Vinegar gives the same results, although it is slower than acid. Don't use either - only use your wire brush and a pick!

Sometimes a Sunrise Shell might just be dirty. Maybe it was lying in the muck or even in tar on the ocean floor. Use a grease fighting dish soap like Dawn and a toothbrush and scrub away! You can use a touch of Clorox bleach for stubborn dirt.

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Hawaiian Shells
A good source for all Hawaiian Seashell identification.
MonicaByTheShore on Pinterest
Follow MonicaByTheShore & "Pin" your favorite Sunrise Shell jewelry creations and seashell home decor items to your Pinterest boards!
MonicaByTheShore FAN PAGE
Become a FAN on my Facebook Fan Page and get updates on new Sunrise Shell designs as soon as they're created!
Follow "MonicaByTheShore" on Instagram!
A very cool & fun photo sharing experience! Pass some free time looking at beautiful & relaxing Sunrise Shells & scenic Hawaii photographs!
MonicaByTheShore on Google+
Join me in my Google+ Circle! A great place to see whats new in my Sunrise Shells designs and find Google+ Discount Specials!
MonicaByTheShore's FLICKR Photo Stream
MonicaByTheShore's personal Flickr photostream. * Caution, besides Sunrise Shells it may also include lots of pics of big fish, surfing, pirates, my garden, kids, big waves, geckos, whales & sharks, sunsets, dogs, flowers, food & other "Day in the Life" types things! Enjoy!!! Its just for fun! :)
MonicaByTheShore on TUMBLR
Just a fun rumble through the Tumblr with MonicaByTheShore and lots of beautiful photos to enjoy!
Merchant Circle's Listing for "MonicaByTheShore"
Small business directory service, get company info & directions, read or write reviews, see photo gallery, etc.
The Blood Moon of 4-14-2014, the first of four between now and Sept 28 2015
Blood Moon 4-14-14, here's what I got so far tonight, hand held balancing on my knees, Canon 7D 400mm. Dodging sprinkles and scattered clouds. Base of Pupukea, North Shore, Oahu Hawaii. *** This is the fist of four consecutive Blood Moons between today & Sept 28 2015, all four Blood Moons will fall on Jewish Feast Days, Passover & The Feast of Tabernacles. Four consecutive Blood Moons (NASA calls them "Tetrads") are prophesied to be signs of an "event that will change the Earth forever". Only 10 Tetrads have occurred since 1 AD til present day. 7 of them occurred prior to 1492, the other 3 were in 1493 (Spanish Inquisition (Jews forced to convert to Catholicism)) 1948 (Israel reborn as a nation), 1967 (the 6 Day War in Jerusalem), the next three are on Oct 8 2014 (Feast of Tabernacles), April 4 2015 (Passover) , Sept 28 2015 (Feast of Tabernacles). All coincide with Jewish Feast Days..... prophesies are in the Good Book my friends, I can't make this stuff up, and NASA backs up the astrological events. Per prophesy, the signing of a Peace Treaty between Israel & Palestine will mark the beginning of the final 7 years to Armageddon.

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