Kakona is the Taino word for trinkets of value and objects of worth.
The dramatic outline of Saba with its peak shrouded in a perpetual cloud was, and is, easily recognized by seafarers and anyone lucky enough to have experienced this special place. Indigenous Caribbean cultures knew to honor and respect Mother Earth.
The Kakona initiative pays tribute to Saba’s roots while adding contemporary artistry. Keepsakes that are aesthetic, creative, original, nature-based, and authentic works... striving to blend Saba’s past and present—each with its own story.
Working with a cross section of local artists from varied backgrounds, our goal is to highlight their work and inspire others. If you are looking for the perfect piece of art to add to your collection, jewelry to remember your trip, or even something for mans best friend, Kakona has what you are looking for.
Kakona is the best place to shop for quality keepsakes on the island. Always remember the island way of life by bringing a piece of Saba home with you. Celebrate and support our community and local artists by shopping at our boutique, or visit our neighbor, Sea Saba, to learn about our unique marine park system and shop their high quality dive gear and clothing.
The Caribbean island of Saba is located where the Greater and Lesser Antilles converge. Recovered artifacts on Saba date back to 3,800 years ago, a time when indigenous inhabitants maintained a network of elaborate regional interaction. Saba was part of this network. Taíno Indians, a subgroup of the Arawakan, inhabited the Greater and Northeastern Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea at the time when Christopher Columbus' arrived to the New World.
According to 17th-century French missionary, Father Breton, the indigenous name for Saba was Amonhana. Leiden University archaeologists Corinne L. Hoffman and Menno L.P. Hoogland have been conducting work on Saba since the 1980’s. Saba’s First Inhabitants was published by them in 2015, coinciding with the opening Saba Heritage Center and the establishment of Saba Archaeological Center.