A traditional Hawaiian Pahoa hand weapon. This has a curved blade with 13 shark teeth on each edge. It is made from Koa wood and embellished with long brown and black feathers and wrapped with a braided coconut fiber
The Hawaiian Islands had no metal and shark teeth were the sharpest objects available for making weapons. These weapons were seen by their owners, not simply as functional tools of warfare, but also as objects with mana (spiritual force) with abilities of their own.The Hawaiian warrior class of King Kamehameha’s era formed small, specialized combat units. These “special forces” trained in pā lua (schools in the art of breaking bones), becoming highly efficient in the use of the assorted weapons that populated the Hawaiian battlefield.
24"L x 2"W x 1"D
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