Vintage Poi Pounder
|Size:||5.5" x 4" x 4"|
The Poi Pounder rates as one of the two most valuable Hawaiian stone implements. The other being the Adze. Every Island had poi fields, both wet and dry. Traveling Alii (royals) would have their own poi maker bring his tools including the poi pounder. The poi pounder is the most distinguishable Hawaiian stone implement. (Credit to Hawaiian Collectibles).
At the turn of the century W.T. Brigham described the poi pounder as "an implement very prominently identified with Polynesian life: one that had its beginnings with the race and which will perhaps be the last of ancient things to fall from the hands of the dying people" (1902:36). Indeed, traditional poi pounder continues to be used in Hawai'i even today. In fact, they are among the most celebrated Hawaiian antiquities, a symbol of strength in Hawaiian culture.
Poi pounders, or pohaku ku'i poi, are used for pounding cooked kalo (taro root) into poi, a main staple of the traditional Hawaiian diet. Taro root was steamed in an imu, or earth oven, peeled with a shell scraper, and placed on a wooden pounding board to be mashed with the stone pounder. The first step in the pounding process was to break each taro corm into pieces. Then water was added and the mixture was mashed until smooth and turned with one hand, with more water being added a needed through the course of the pounding (Handy et al. 1991). (Credit to UH Manoa, W. McElroy, Dept. of Anthropology).
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