Traditional Hawaiian hand weapon studded with 13 shark teeth. Shaped with an indentation enabling the warrior to capture the enemy's wrist.
Koa wood with braided coconut fiber coir loop, ending in deep black feathers.
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.
22"L x 8"W x 1"D