RARE SECRET SOCIETY LIDDED PEDESTAL BOWL, HAWAIIAN ISLANDS.
height 8 7/8in; diameter 5 3/4in
of the style reserved for members of Kalakaua's Hale Naua Society with old handwritten label attached underneath the lid: "Honolulu August 20, 1898 - Calabash bowl made from kou tree, at one time covering Hawaiian islands, also used in making dugout canoes, etc. - trees are now extinct."
This lidded wood bowl is of the type uniquely fashioned specifically for the Hale Naua Society (The House of Wisdom), sometime between 1886 and 1891, during the reign of King Kalakaua, who, with over 75 founding members from the elite of Honolulu Hawaiian society, founded the Society to study and resurrect ancient Hawaiian traditions. These bowls were used to house paraphernalia related to the Society (Jenkins, 1989:132).
Cf. Jenkins, pp 133 & 161, for markedly similar examples.