Gordon Tang Kamaki Umeke 4.75″ x 3″ (Sold)


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Gordon Tang Kamaki Umeke 4.75″ x 3″

Gordon‘s traditional Hawaiian shapes are widely appreciated by collectors of Hawaiiana both for functional and decorative purposes.  A number of people collect his bowls for poi supper, luckies!

Umeke `ai is an honored implement in a Hawai`i home, for through the ceremony of eating poi one at a time from the bowl at the center, the traditions and protocol of Kanaka Maoli is maintained. The `umeke `ai filled with kalo (taro) is considered the means of survival of the people of Hawai`i Nei.

`Umeke la`au is the Hawai`i name for these containers or calabashes of wood, which were used for the storage, transport and serving of food in various stages of preparation. Milo wood is flavorless, since it is lacking in any unpleasant-tasting sap that could contaminate stored food.

The dimensions in the item description are for the bowl itself; dimensions under ‘additional information’ tab includes packing size when this item is packaged for shipment, mahalo!



Gordon Tang

Honolulu Woodturners member Gordon Tang, with more of his work in the background.

Gordon Tang and his son

Gordon Tang and his son





Gordon Tang Kamaki Umeke 4.75″ x 3″

Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 9 × 12 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074