Sunday, October 23, 2011

90 paintings in 90 days, Day 20, Papohaku Puka Shell Necklace

      Papohaku Puka Shell Necklace
made by Maria Watanabe, owner of Imports Gift Shop, Kaunakakai, Molokai
       Back in the 70's puka shells were actually cool, briefly, before acquiring icon status verging on tacky like golf pants and patchouli oil. This necklace was made by a friend who finds the shells on a remote beach on Molokai. Some days only a few turn up, other times there are heaps. I've looked and never found any, but then I would need a chiropractor on retainer to stoop all day picking up shells. On Molokai puka shells are mismatched, varied in color and quite unusual, but together somehow they work. Pretty much like people, which is cool. Now say Papohaku puka three times fast.

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