These holder for spears and fishing poles were lashed to the outrigger boom of a canoe. The carved heads seem to imply bodies. This is a striking integration of functional features with human forms. These support figures are informal, suggesting a cooperative and playful spirit. Some historians theorize that they represent the Menehune, the mythical little people of Hawaii.
This set of two racks were carved by Kauai artist Kalka Alves. He has recreated the set which is in the Volkerkunde Museum in Hamburg, Germany.
13"L x 5"H x 3.5"D