Eh people in Kahana Ridge, here’s some conch shell etiquette for you: Pu, pronounced “poo,” is the Hawaiian Name for conch shell. A gift from the ocean, the Pu comes out of the life-giving waters with a sound that flows across the ‘Aina. To blow the Pu is a call to the divine. The blowing of the Pu should always be accompanied by protocol. When it’s blown, how many times and in which directions all have a complex set of meanings. In fact, the meanings of the number of blows are so sacred that we do not reveal them in print. Rather, we share them with you in your sacred ceremony. The blows in ceremony symbolize the journey of the ancient Hawaiians as well as your own journey in that eternal moment. Those of you just blowing it for 20 minutes or more, for no reason other than make noise, it’s not a toy. Please respect it and its heritage.
Illustration: Ron Pitts