Definition of puka in English:


(also pooka, puka shell)


  • A small spiral shell typically strung with others to make necklaces or bracelets.

    • ‘Like teenaged girls across the planet, I had the posters, the record albums, the T-shirts, and dreamed of what it would be like to be that string of puka beads around his neck!’
    • ‘He's got light brown hair, is really tan, tall, has a white puka shell necklace.’
    • ‘A true metalsmith, she crafts pieces that are simple but can easily be dressed up for your next luau: the winsome puka shell necklace; the delicate heart-shaped earrings; or the sweet dome rings inlaid with tiny stars.’
    • ‘Janson has tousled blond hair and wears puka shells around his neck.’
    • ‘He had a white puka shell necklace on with light green flame swim trunks and that was it.’


Hawaiian, literally ‘hole’.