Kamani Lidded ‘Umeke by Gordon Tang 3″H x 6.5″D $395


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Kamani Lidded ‘Umeke by Gordon Tang 3″H x 6.5″D $395



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!


‘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.


Kamani is the Hawaiian name for Calophyllum inophyllum which is a member of the mangosteen family and was introduced to Hawaii by Polynesian settlers. The red and white colors of Kamani wood turns reddish brown as the wood ages.

True kamani is a large attractive spreading tree up to 60 feet high. It has a rounded head of dense foliage and rough grey bark. A reddish-brown hardwood is derived from the trunk.


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


Kamani Lidded ‘Umeke by Gordon Tang 3″H x 6.5″D $395

Additional information

Weight 7.5 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 12.5 × 12.5 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074