Pupu Ala Collared Tee
Pupu ala- Although this was the only term we could find for a cone shell, we suspect that our kupuna had names for the various species found in their waters (after all, they had names for nearly 2,000 species of land plants!). This, however, does not squash our enthusiasm for the genus Conus! These stunning predatory sea snails are all venomous to a degree. Some of them even come equipped with a tubular harpoon type structure (actually a modified tooth) that fires venom with a muscular contraction. The larger species use this to stun fish, while the smaller species feed on prey such as worms.The species featured this season are Conus marmoreus and Conus leopardus. Both are found in Hawaii and most other tropical areas. We were especially taken by the triangular patterns on C. marmoreus that reminded us of the motifs seen in kakau (tattoo) and on kapa. No doubt these dazzling pupu inspire design and decoration. He kahiko kinohinohi, he nani mai hoi kau! A gorgeously patterned adornment, exquisitely beautiful!
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