Photos by Leah Friel
You may recognize her as the weekend meteorologist for Hawaii News Now and a former Miss Hawaii, but 29-year-old Malika Dudley is about to change careers. Last December, she started Surfer Girl Jewelry, offering a great selection of beach-inspired accessories all hand-made in her home studio in Waimea on the island of Hawaii.
“My husband bought me jewelry-making classes at Bead It! for Christmas and I was hooked after my first class,” explains Dudley on her latest venture. “I treat it like college. Every semester I’m signed up for at least four classes. Technique and quality are very important to me. Also, every piece is gift-wrapped and comes with a personal note about where the shells were found and what they are – every piece has a story.” Dudley plans to expand her business to Japan later this year, and shares that she’s expecting her first child (with husband Kaimi Judd) and is transitioning to making jewelry full time.
Just in time for Mother’s Day (May 13), Dudley is offering a special 15 percent off promotion and a sunrise shell necklace giveaway. For more information, visit Facebook.com/MalikaDudley or SurferGirlJewelry.com