16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
The sacred ceremony begins with the Pū (Hawaiian Conch Shell)

The blowing of the Pū, a deep part of the Hawaiian culture, has multiple uses and communicates various meanings in both Religious and secular traditions. In this picture, the Pū is marking the beginning of the mass celebrating Princess Kaʻiulani's birthday at the Royal Mausoleum of Hawai'i Chapel.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Salvatore Lanzilotti