So although there is no historical documentation to substantiate the legend that these beautiful Sunrise Shells were ONLY for the Ali'i - the Hawaiian High Chiefs, or others of Royal Hawaiian bloodline, so much of Hawaiian history was passed down through Mele, or "Chant" that it is entirely possible that the legend is TRUE! Mele, Hula, and the native Hawaiian language were traditional methods of passing the history of the people of the Hawaiian Islands on to next generations.
If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Kingdom of Hawaii, I have included some of my favorite links in the next section, please enjoy!
Click on the picture at left to go to the links page.
Pictured at left: Princess Nahienaena