As a Native Hawaiian I gather as is my right . "the ability to exercise native rights, to preserve a traditional lifestyle and, most importantly, to exert meaningful control over resources ...
Kupee gathered for sustanance then using the shell for jewelry. It would be wastefula nd disrespectful to not use all parts of the animal.
I make reproduction of true flowers in ribbon lei form. They are everlasting Hawaiian lei that does not affect nature. My seed lei are seasonal, which allows time to be creative in other Hawaiian lei making.
Catering to the visitor industry as a Natve Hawaiian Artist is an opportunity to educate and bring attention to conservation issues.
Sharing Aloha one shell at a time