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Sunrise shells are in the scallop family (Langford's Scallop) and according to "legend" they were very sacred to the ancient Hawaiians.  The story goes: "Servants of the kings would walk the beaches and look for these shells, but only the Royal Family would wear these magnificent shells.  Folklore says: they received the name "sunrise"  because early in the morning (at sunrise) the Sunrise shell would be the easiest shells to spot on the beach.  The sun would reflect its rays of the vibrant colors of these beautiful scallop shells. Common Sense says they received their name of Sunrise shells because if you did not get to the beach before or at sunrise, then someone else would have already found them. "  It is said that only "blessed" people find these rare Hawaiian shells.  Here on the North Shore, we have been very blessed with these beautiful shells.