Puka Shell & Koa Necklace with Opihi & Turtle Pendant

Brand: kkPacific

SKU: GHA001

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The necklace- Hand made and custom sized for you with large puka shells and large koa balls. Large Puka shells are natural white with some brown tones and measure approximately 16mm. Koa balls measure approximately 15mm. KOA (Acacia koa) ,also called KOA-KA or Hawaiian Mahogany. Color is light to dark brown with distinct golden luster, sometimes with irregular dark streaks. The Opihi Honu pendant- 'Opihi are a prized delicacy in the Hawaiian islands, selling for up to $225 a gallon, and collecting enough for a lu'au can be a dangerous task. With a squat, dome-shaped shell, the 'opihi can deflect pounding waves powerful enough to sweep an unwary picker out to sea. Literally dozens of pickers are swept into the sea and killed every year, some never to be seen again leaving nothing but a parked truck near the shore, and maybe a sharp 'opihi knife and bag on a rock near the treacherous surf. Sure footing, a good grip and vigilance are essential when picking 'opihi as well as someone watching from above. All opihi shells, like a whale's tail or a finger print, are unique and no 2 are alike. The raw opihi shell is sanded and polished and mounted on a carved wood turtle. The pendant is 3 1/4" high and 2 1/2" wide.