Pupu Shells

Hawaii Island Lei Material: Ni'hau

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Pupu shell necklace

Hawaiian pupu shell necklace; photo by catheroo (cat edens) on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Pupu Shells

The hawaiian island of Ni'hau recognizes pupu (tiny seashells) as the official island lei material (also called pä pä, kahelelani, momi, and laiki).

Official Island Flowers or Lei Material

In addition to the Hawaii State Flower, each Hawaiian island designates an official flower or lei material: Hawai'i - red pua lehua ('ohi'a blossom); Maui - lokelani (pink Damask rose); O'ahu - pua 'ilima; Kaua'i - mokihana berry; Moloka'i - Pua Kukui (blossom of candlenut tree); Lana'i - kauna'oa (native dodder); Ni'ihau - pupu (tiny seashells); and Kaho'olawe - hinahina (native beach heliotrope).

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Images

Hula dancer's hands with pupu shell necklace; photo by tanakawho on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Hula dancer with pupu shell necklace

Islands of Hawaii; public domain image.

Islands of Hawaii