Mango ‘Umeke by Gordon Tang 2.75″H x 7.25″D $165


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Mango ‘Umeke by Gordon Tang 2.75″H x 7.25″D $165



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.


Mango wood is derived from the mango tree. This is the same tree that produces the sweet fleshy fruit known as ‘a mango‘, characterised by skin that turns from green to yellow/red and an inside comprised of a large stone surrounded by juicy yellow flesh. Its ‘Latin’ name is mangifera indica.

The tree belongs to the Anacardiaceae family, which also includes:

  • Pistachio
  • Cashew
  • Poison ivy

The mango tree is evergreen and grows to an average height of between 15 and 18 metres (50ft and 60ft).



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


Mango ‘Umeke by Gordon Tang 2.75″H x 7.25″D $165

Additional information

Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions 8.75 × 13.25 × 13.25 in