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Poi Pounder

$59.00

Currently sold out!! Though put your orders in for when they come available. 


Poi Pounders, or Pohaku Ku'i Poi, was used by the Polynesian people to pound cooked Kalo (taro root) into poi. Poi was the main Staple food of the Hawaiian people. Much like corn to the Native Americans, Kalo was Sacred. According to The Kumulipo (The Hawaiian Creation chant), Kalo came from the firstborn son of Wakea (Sky Father) and Papa (Mother Earth), who was stillborn and buried.

From this site grew the Kalo plant, which was one of the canoe plants brought from Polynesia to Hawaii. With over 300 cultivations of Kalo grown in every Ahupua’a. An Ahupua’a is the pie-shaped land division of each island, defined by the natural watersheds. Each Ahupua’a would cultivate different varieties adapted for each elevation and moisture received. Divided into two major classifications: wetland and Mala (dry land)- wetland taro varieties were grown in lo'i as seen in the fields of Hanalei where 73% of Hawaii's taro is grown.

The Poi Pounder was and is a central part of the Hawaiian culture. Poi-pounding was an activity that facilitated oral storytelling, community cohesiveness and sustenance. 

These Poi Pounders pay homage to one of the most fundamental traditions of the
Hawaiian people.

The small one fits in your hand and is small enough to ship in a flat rate box. 

The Medium sizes bring Hawaiian culture to your Landscaping or courtyard. 

The Giant Poi Pounder leave a statement for any  Hawaiian cultural center or gathering place.