POI POUNDER

The Hawaiian Poi Pounder was an
implement, usually made of stone,
that was used to mash taro into
poi, the Hawaiian food staple.

The island of Kauai was the only
island where women were allowed
to pound poi.  The taro was actually
mashed with a kneading motion
rather than pounded.

The inspiration for this drawing of a
broken poi pounder, being put back
together with pieces still missing, is
in direct proportion to the Hawaiian
people's struggle in their everyday
lives, trying to restore their culture.

It is through this particular piece of
art that I thank my captain (Kalepa)
and the rest of the Polynesian
Voyaging Crew, for putting back
many of the missing pieces and
restoring pride to the Hawaiian
culture.