In Hawaiʻi, metals were not accessible. Instead, ancient Hawaiians used the most common materials of bone, shell, and stone. The stones were composed of several materials. The most common and important was basalt, for all its pristine forms. These stones were made into lamps, cups, bowls, pestles, and pounders.
Poho Kuʻi (Stone Mortar) was used by fishermen to prepare bait, to hold ink for tattoos, and to hold dyes for kapa printing.
Not permitted for travel outside of Hawaiʻi.
Made in Hawaiʻi from Basalt by Gary Goodhue