Pūpū Collection connects home decor to the 'aina
Sponsored by Cutter Ford
In a unique collaboration with Bishop Museum’s Malacology Department, Jalene Kanani has designed a pillowcase set highlighting the tiny and fragile ecosystem of the endangered Hawaiian snail. Imbued with artful shell patterning, earthen colors from their natural habitats and motifs with moʻolelo (stories), NOHO HOME proudly presents the Pūpū Collection.
“Bishop Museum has always been a place for local artists to find design inspiration,” Kanani says. “Their vast collection of natural and cultural history and artifacts is like a playground for designers like me. We developed a partnership to draw attention to the amazing work of Bishop museum and to further engage its audience.”
100 percent of the profits from the Pūpū Collection sales is donated to the Bishop Museum to fund important research and continue the education efforts surrounding our island home.
“It was a natural decision to use our medium, artful home decor, to share this important work, and the story of environmental conservation through design,” says Kanani. “Our intention is to spark conversation about our island’s biodiversity and, in the process, share new insight about one of our community’s greatest treasures — the Bishop Museum.”
The designs, entitled Pūpū Kani Oe, Pūpū Kuahiwi, and Kāhuli highlight three species and genera of Hawaiian snails, with three different stages of endangerment/extinction. NOHO HOME offered the first exclusive run of this series for the museum’s online auction.
The Pūpū Kani Oe design showcases the unique shell patterning of this species, while paying homage to this now extinct Hawaiian snail. Known for their large conical shells, this species was once abundant on Kauaʻi and Niʻihau among leaf litter and clinging to tree barks.
The Pūpū Kuahiwi print showcases beautiful zigzag striations found on the shells of the Hawaiian land snail genus. They’re one of the few critically imperiled snail genera left in Hawaiʻi.
Kāhuli is an endangered snail species endemic to the Waiʻanae mountains of Oʻahu. These snails are recognizable by their earth-colored spiral shells & keep our forests healthy by recycling nutrients back into the ecosystem.
NOHO HOME’s audience appreciates meaningful home products that keep them connected to the Hawaiian culture and island living. This pillowcase trio continues to deliver the opportunity for conversation and mo’olelo (story sharing).