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 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 Cultivation's of Kalo grown in every Ahupuaa (Pie-shaped land division of each island. defined by the natural watersheds). Each ahupuaa would cultivate different varieties adapted for each elevation and moisture. divided into 2 major classifications wetland and Mala (dry land) taro. wetland Varieties were grown in lo'i like in the fields of Hanalei where 73% of Hawaii's taro is grown.
The Poi Pounder was a very important part of the Hawaiian culture and poi pounding was Central to the Hawaiian Culture and Family Dynamics.
This Poi Pounders pays homage to one of the most fundamental traditions of the Hawaiian people.
This Hand held Poi Pounder weighing in at just about 10 pounds is Large in size and yet small enough to ship in a flat rate box for $20 anywhere in Hawai'i or the USA. Please note, this item is hand-carved out of stone, and variations in the material are to be expected.
Landscape Size poi pounders can also be found at these links:
The Medium size Pohaku brings Hawaiian culture to your Landscaping or courtyard.
The Giant-Size Poi Pounder leaves a statement for any Hawaiian culture center.