Like the resounding peal of thunder in the heavens, the full and rich hiliu a ka pū (sound of the conch) is the voice of Lono. It resonates deeply with us because of its ancient history. It heralded Lono's arrival in a district during his circle-island journey each Makahiki. It generally called people to assemble for ceremony, the arrival of a vessel, the start of a battle, etc. Ka pū ʻai kaua a Lono (the war conch of Lono) was a well-known signal of war. Before the battle at ʻĪao, Maui folk from Waiheʻe to Māʻalaea heard the call of Hinamakanui, the war conch sounded by Kamehameha's forces. Kihapū and Kapūmaeolani (also Pūmaleolani) were two other famous pū blown only by chiefs. Accompanying Pāʻao on his journey to Hawaiʻi was a conch blower (puhi pū) named Pūʻolēʻolē. This design honors "Triton's trumpet" (Charonia tritonis), one of two shells Hawaiians used as wind instruments. This large ocean snail grows a magnificent spiraled shell up to 16 inches long, patterned in tones of brown and white. It lives at depths of 10-130 feet and feeds on the invasive "crown of thorns," a killer of Hawaiian corals. Popular among shell collectors, its populations are rapidly declining in Hawaiʻi. Ka hale hiliu o ka ʻāpapa - The resonant vessel that comes from the reef.
Organic cotton tee | Scoop neck | Lightweight and loose-fitting | Designed in Hawaiʻi | Made in the USA