Ancient Stirrup Pounder, Kauai Island, Hawaiian Islands
length 4 1/2in (11.4cm)
Emma Nakuina (1847-1929), first curator of the Hawaiian National Museum, forerunner to the Bishop Museum
Thence by descent
According to Buck (1957: p.31), "The stirrup pounder is the second of the specialized forms from Kauai and, like the ring pounder, is unique to that island. The descriptive term stirrup was applied locally from a fancied resemblance to the foreign stirrup; and as no specific Hawaiian name has been recorded for this pounder their term may be continued arbitrarily to distinguish if from the other two types of pounders."