2. n. An edible marine snail (Nerita polita); the shells were used for ornaments, the rare ones by chiefs. Varieties are qualified by the terms ānuenue, ʻeleʻele, kāniʻo, mahiole, palaoa (lit., ivory, (rare), puna (rare), ʻula. Via Nā Puke Wehewehe ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi
Size and color of shells may slightly vary.
Handmade in Hawaii by Hawaiians.