CRITTER: Meet pupu‘ala the puka shell

  • Courtesy of Terry Lilley

    Puka shells are just the top part of a cone shell that has been ground down in the surf.

  • Courtesy of Terry Lilley

    The pupu‘ala is 2-inch long live flea cone. The future puka shells slowly crawls through the sand looking to feed on small worms to eat.

Puka shell necklaces are super famous and they sell in most of the jewelry shops here in Hawai‘i, but most people do not know what a puka shell is. You can walk on the beaches here in Hawai‘i and pick up these small round white shells, which are quite common especially after large surf.