Kou ‘Umeke lidded by Gordon Tang 3.5″ x 4″ $245




Kou ‘Umeke lidded by Gordon Tang 3.5″ x 4″ $245

Gordon Tang

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.


Early Hawaiians brought kou with them as one of the canoe plants since it is such a highly esteemed wood. They were planted as a favorite shade tree around houses and by the seashore. Women would beat their kapa under kou trees. Kou was considered as one of the best woods for carvings along with the native koa and milo Kou was prized because of the beauty of the grain and ease of cutting and carving.

Kou was a favorite wood for poi bowls in old Hawaii. It grows in the coastal regions of the Islands.


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!




Kou ‘Umeke lidded by Gordon Tang 3.5″ x 4″ $245


Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 12 × 10 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074