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The Ultimate Hawaii Seashell Guide

Posted by E.G.D. on October 18, 2012

Aloha, everyone!  The University of Hawaii and I are both pleased to announce that the Hawaii Marine Shell Collection  is 100% digitized and online.  This has apparently been the case since 2010, but I had no idea this project was even in the making until Mom (Jody) sent an excerpt from this semester’s College of Arts and Sciences newsletter my way (she is on their mailing list because she has participated in Kennedy Theatre fundraising events, you see).  Regardless of when the collection was completed and posted, the whole Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches staff agrees that this development is a truly awesome one, and now that it has come to our attention, we felt it was our duty to bring it to yours!  There is no greater authority on Hawaiian seashells than my graduate Alma Mater, and now the whole world has access to a brilliant photographic guide to very nearly every shell they might encounter on a Hawaiian beach.

Haleʻiwa, Oahu, Hawaii – Beachcombing

According to the University of Hawaii Museum’s Flickr page, “The collection is currently housed in the Anthropology Department, Archaeology Program, College of Arts and Sciences. The collection is fairly comprehensive for much of the shell midden material found in Hawaiian sites… (and) supports undergraduate education through various Archaeology courses.”

The photographic guide provides not only stunning images of “nearly 200 species of marine mollusks” (according to the College of Arts and Sciences newsletter) all with the shells sitting conveniently next to a ruler for size reference, but in most cases information including scientific name, common name, habitat, and the typical adult size of the pictured mollusk.  What fun!  I can’t wait to ferret out information about some of the shells I’ve found on the coast of Oahu over the years!

North Shore Beachcombing, Oahu, Hawaii

And so, happy beachcombing, everyone, and when you’re finished with your day on a Hawaiian beach, don’t forget to have some fun identifying your finds!  -E.G.D.

Jody’s note:  If you’re looking for the best beachcombing beaches of the Hawaiian Islands, we have that, too: “Best Hawaiian Beaches for Shells.” You might also want to check out more Hawaiian beach posts by looking through our category: “Beaches of the Hawaiian Islands.”

6 Responses to “The Ultimate Hawaii Seashell Guide”

  1. Jody said

    This really is a wonderful resource. It’s a very easy site to use, too!

  2. Oh, you love shells! We have lots and lots of them in my country 😉

  3. Oh my daughters would love this! They always talk about Hawaii!

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