Rare Stone Ring Pounder, Kauai Island, Hawaii
pohaku puka ku'i poi
height 6 1/8in (15.6cm)
Emma Nakuina (1847-1929), first curator of the Hawaiian National Museum, forerunner to the Bishop Museum
Thence by descent
Cf. Buck, 1957: p 30 for a discussion and examples of the type.
"Ring pounders are termed pohaku puka ku'i poi, in which term the general descriptive word puka is added to denote the hole which is the marked feature of the type. This type of pounder does not occur elsewhere in Polynesia; and it is peculiar; not to the Hawaiian Islands, but to Kauai."(Buck, 1957: p 30)