Kolohala Lidded ‘Umeke by Gordon Tang 3.5″H x 4.75″D $350


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Kolohala Lidded ‘Umeke by Gordon Tang 3.5″H x 4.75″D $350



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.



Kolohala wood is Hawaiian pheasantwood, grown in the Hawaiian islands. From Wood-Database.com,

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a medium to dark brown, to nearly black, with ligher brown contrasting stripes, sometimes with a red or yellow hue. The striping is due to very wide parenchyma bands, which can give it an appearance somewhat similar to Wenge, though Pheasantwood’s stripes tend to be lighter and with better contrast, especially once a finish has been applied.

Grain/Texture: Grain can be interlocked or wavy, with a coarse texture. Pores naturally filled with resinous material which creates a smoother surface than other open-grained woods with large pores. Good natural luster.

Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; large to very large pores in no specific arrangement, few to very few; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; reddish brown gum deposits abundant; parenchyma confluent, with wide bands of parenchyma typically as thick as the pores; narrow rays, spacing normal.”


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


Kolohala Lidded ‘Umeke by Gordon Tang 3.5″H x 4.75″D $350

Additional information

Weight 5.8 lbs
Dimensions 9.5 × 10.75 × 10.75 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074