Hawaiian koa lidded umeke (bowl) 6 x 6 Gordon Tang

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Hawaiian koa lidded umeke (bowl) 6 x 6 Gordon Tang

`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 `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.

Gordon Tang’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!

Further information about Koa:

Uses
The koa’s trunk was used by ancient Hawaiians to build waʻa (dugout outrigger canoes) and papa heʻe nalu (surfboards). Only paipo (bodyboards), kikoʻo, and alaia surfboards were made from koa, however; olo, the longest surfboards, were made from the lighter and more buoyant wiliwili (Erythrina sandwicensis). The reddish wood is very similar in strength and weight to that of Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), with a specific gravity of 0.55, and is sought for use in wood carving andfurniture. Koa is also a tonewood, often used in the construction of ukuleles, acoustic guitars, and Weissenborn-style Hawaiian steel guitars.

Conservation
The koa population has suffered from grazing and logging. Many wet forest areas, where the largest koa grow, have been logged out, and it now comes largely from dead or dying trees or farms on private lands. Although formerly used foroutrigger canoes, there are few koa remaining which are both large and straight enough to do so today.[4] In areas wherecattle are present, koa regeneration is almost completely suppressed. However, if the cattle are removed, koa are among the few native Hawaiian plants able to germinate in grassland, and can be instrumental in restoring native forest.

The dimensions listed in the ‘additional information’ tab includes packing for shipment.

Mahalo!

Hawaiian koa lidded umeke (bowl) 6 x 6 Gordon Tang

Additional information

Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074