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Hawaiian Shells: Many Tasty…Some Deadly!

March 2, 2013
Ski Kwiatkowski brought a small part of his collection of Hawaiian shells.

Ski Kwiatkowski (right) brought a small part of his collection of Hawaiian shells to a special presentation today at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (Hawaii Island).

The following photos and videos were from today’s special cultural presentation on Hawaiian shells at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Besides showing some of his shell collection, Ski Kwiatkowski also shared about how Hawaiians traditionally utilized shells in their daily lives. Today’s program is part of an on-going series of events presented by members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha. Click here to see upcoming events.

There many varieties of shells in Hawaii's waters. These are just a few!

There many varieties of shells in Hawaii’s waters. These are just a few!

Some of the shells on the right can actually kill people!

Some of the shells on the right can actually kill people!

Large cowrie shells.

Large cowrie shells.

Mahalo to the Royal Order of Kamehameha for today's special program!

Mahalo to the Royal Order of Kamehameha for today’s special program!

This species of cowrie shells are endemic to Hawaii...found nowhere else on the planet!

This species of cowrie shells are endemic to Hawaii…found nowhere else on the planet!

When you're in Hawaii, you will probably see "Pupu" on the menu

When you’re in Hawaii, you will probably see “Pupu” on the menu

Hawaiians would use the cowrie shell to catch he'e (octopus).

Hawaiians would use the cowrie shell to catch he’e (octopus).

Ski Kwiatkowski showing how Hawaiians made and used a specialized octopus lure made from a cowrie shell.

Ski Kwiatkowski showing how Hawaiians made and used a specialized octopus lure made from a cowrie shell.

Traditional Hawaiian octopus lure.

Traditional Hawaiian octopus lure.

Visitors enjoying a collection of rare and common Hawaiian shells.

Visitors enjoying a collection of rare and common Hawaiian shells.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bella LuLu Miche permalink
    March 2, 2013 1:51 pm

    So Interesting Thanks for this

  2. christian zettergren mäklare permalink
    March 4, 2013 2:14 am

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    • szekelyse50 permalink
      March 4, 2013 10:52 pm

      Köszönöm ilyen széleskörű tevékenység felér egy hősies tettel.

  3. szekelyse50 permalink
    March 4, 2013 10:54 pm

    Köszönöm ez egy hősies tevékenység,átadni az embereknek a természet kincseit mint ajándék.

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