Name: Modern Classic Poi Pounder (Ku'i 'ai pohaku)
Origin: Hawaiian Islands
Artist: Sam Ka'ai
Description: This poi pounder, called ku'i 'ai pohaku, is made in the "classic" shape most common to the Hawaiian Islands. In old Hawaii men prepared the poi by mashing a potato-like root called taro or kalo, and mixing it with water until it had the smooth consistency (and some say the taste) of library paste. This one is a modern replica crafted on Maui from dense blue basalt crystal.
Copyright by Serge King 2002