Aloha Accents TM
is a handmade jewelry & art studio owned and operated
by artist husband and wife Ken and Beate Arnopole,
and based in Volcano, on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Aloha Accents is proud of their newest addition to their line of
high quality Made in Hawaii Gifts and is offering you now
amazing “Hawaiian Story Jewelry” wearable art . This
new line of Solid Bronze and Copper Jewelry is inspired by the
unique artwork of one of the most known Hawaiian artists
“Dietrich Varez”. Dietrich Varez has
authorized the use of his artwork exclusively to
Ken & Beate
Arnopole for creating this Story Jewelry, as well as Koa
Wood Gifts, and Home Accents that are planned for the near
The Artists behind Aloha Accents™:
was born in 1964 in Lemgo, Germany, and
Ken was born in 1945 in San Francisco, California.
After meeting on a
Business Conference in Southern Germany and dating for over two
years, they married in 1986 in Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz
They moved to Volcano in 1994 and enjoy living on their
private acreage surrounded by a beautiful tropical rainforest.
The decided to move to Hawaii after Bea had an
car accident ( just being at the wrong place at the wrong time)
and both agreed it was time to take life at a slower pace, to
change from the corporate hectic ( Ken as an Industrial Designer
and Engineer, and Bea as a Graphic Artist and Software
Programmer), and to enjoy the time with each other as much as
possible while following their dreams to just create Art .
Once they moved to Volcano their new adventures aiming to
become full-time artists began. They realized they needed some
type of steady income first to allow them to have the finances
to obtain all the tools of the trade they desired. They
also wanted a
piece of real estate to call their own that one day would be paid
off to minimize monthly payments in the future when they both
they took a route of operating a micro-size Pizza Company
(Rainbow Moon Pizza) in a licensed commercial kitchen they built
on the back of their small 600 square foot cottage, baked
delicious cakes, croissants, bagels, and sweet treats for the local Volcano
Farmers Market, and later moved into operating vacation rentals as Volcano became more popular with tourist that wanted to stay
in the area. Their adventures included operating a Cafe for a
little while ( Volcano Coffee House) and even a Candy Company (
Aloha Candy Co.) that still produces high quality 100%
Hawaiian Chocolates and other treats for conferences and events throughout the
islands. However, their hearts were still always
aiming for being able to become artists on a full time basis.
and Beate are so excited to have finally moved to the next phase
of their life together and being able to create Hawaii inspired
beautiful handcrafted Jewelry, Wood Gifts and Home Accents, and
are thankful their endeavors have bloomed into a nice little
studio supporting them living in the rainforest of Volcano.
road to becoming full-time artists, Ken learned and perfected
cutting gemstones and is now a Master Gem Cutter recognized by
the International Gemcutter’s Association.
Ken and Bea consider themselves “Makers of Beautiful
Things” and feel very privileged of being able to live in one of
the most beautiful places in Hawaii, the upland rainforest of
Volcano, which is located right next to Hawaii Volcanoes
National Park, and truly a unique location.
Each new creation starts with a spark of an idea that
becomes the desire to turn that idea into a piece of wearable
art. Ken and Beate collaborate
together to come up with a design that is pleasing to the eye
and they both can agree on, and then work together to
shape metal into a thing of beauty and transform natures raw
elements into something great.
First they design.. then they create..
and then it is for you to enjoy.
Aloha Accents™ Creations are intended to bring a little
bit of the Hawaiian Aloha into your heart and home.
Varez & Arnopole Match:
unique circumstances that may have led Ken and Beate Arnopole to
cross paths with Dietrich Varez First, Beate shares the
same roots with Dietrich Varez of both of their families being
from Berlin, Germany.
Dietrich was born their in 1938 and
experience the war-torn Berlin till his mother married an
American and moved to Hawaii at the age of 8, whereas Beate’s
father (Heinz Kiekebusch)
was born in Berlin in 1934 and also experienced the war
torn-Berlin first hand,
but his mother (Beate's grandmother) was killed during a bomb attack.
Left with no mother and a father that had gone to war and
to that date not returned, Beate’s father was left alone with no
parent at the
age of 10 and later escaped to West Germany before the permanent
Wall between East and West was built.
But similarities don’t stop there.. Just
like Varez, Ken and Beate bought a property in Hawaii “sight
unseen” after reading a small ad in a paper that said “ 6 acres
for sale in paradise” – “ Owner Financing”… and just like Varez
in his early years after buying his 9 acre property the same way
with their savings and trying to locate it in the jungle, Ken
and Beate stood in the road where their new property was supposed
to be and said “.. well.. we own 6 acres here somewhere”... if
we can ever find it..
couples enjoy living in the rainforest, enjoy
being hermids of some kind, and enjoy to just “create”
while being surrounded by the peacefulness of the remote
rainforest of Volcano .
The process of creation in seclusion is more important to
them then fame or fortune.
Neither likes the lime light of being a famous artist,
being places one is expected to show up, or be at a certain
place at a certain time when someone else wants you to, or
having to do things a certain way because that is a way you
should do it.
Neither wanted to be influenced by other artists or techniques
and each desired and enjoyed developing their own style.
The Idea of Varez Wearable Art:
Ken and Beate Arnopole always admired
Dietrich’s artwork when they first saw it back in 1994 after
moving to the Big Island, and envisioned
creating special jewelry pieces based on his block prints right
away even back then. However at that time gold had
sky-rocketed and the right tools and equipment were just to
expensive then for them to afford. Then given that most
galleries only work on consignment, with their limited
resources it just did not seem
financially viable to produce
the artwork in gold.
So now 20 years later the Varez Wearable
Art Jewelry finally was born. Ken and Beate
accumulated all the tools needed ( there is always another new tool on
the wish list, though – one can never have too many tools ..)
and together they have perfected the process that allows them
today to produce Varez inspired Jewelry in SOLID Bronze and
SOLID Copper as unique affordable Wearable Art.
Just like Dietrich produces his block prints one at a time, by
hand, the jewelry Ken and Beate create are sculpted one at a
time by hand. Then each piece is fired with coconut ash,
and later polished to bring out the lustrous finish and natural
glow and patina of the solid bronze and copper.
After showing Dietrich a sample of one of the first pieces he
was delighted what he saw and it
was decided that the time was right to produce the envisioned
Jewelry with Dietrich's art and to introduce it to the public.
exclusively licensed his artwork to Ken and Beate Arnopole to
produce jewelry, which will include solid bronze, copper,
silver, gold, and gold-plated creations. Soon they will
also produce special home accents,
so sign up on the mailing list, and you
will be kept up to date on all the new things as they are
It is important to Ken and Bea to create wearable art
that is affordable, just like Dietrich always wanted to sell his
prints as reasonable as possible.
He wanted his prints to be able to be in your Mom’s
house and in his mom’s house, not just the rich and
famous that will store their expensive artwork away in a vault.
Just like the new Bronze and Copper Jewelry is
wearable art to be worn, not to be stored away.
Ken and Bea are extremely proud of
being able to work with Dietrich Varez and to create
jewelry with his artwork.
In the process they learned the stories behind each of
his prints and now have an even bigger admiration for each block
print he created, and are extremely excited to share their
creations with the rest of the world.
Like two peas in a pod, this is a
collaboration that was meant to be… it just took time to happen,
but good things sometimes move slow..specially in Hawaii ..
but when they do.. it is amazing.!
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