NA MEA KAUA HAWAI’I – The Traditional Hawaiian Weapons of War

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Hawaiian weapons were carved out of Koa wood. Clubs were often inlaid with shell or bone for decoration. In some cases like the Hawaiian Lei o Mano or the shark tooth club, bone, rock, shell or shark teeth were used in place of metal for the purpose of tearing or piercing flesh. Each club has a specific use and targets a specific part of the body.

The ancient Hawaiian instruments of war were created from wood and cordage, and tooth and bone.

iHE – Short Spear

iHE LAUMEKI – Short Spear with Barbed Edges

iWi – Human Bone Knife

KA’ANE – Strangling Cord

KAMEHAMEHA – Throwing Axe

KAO LELE – Dart or Javelin

KO‘OKO‘O – cane used for close-range fencing

KO’O – Staff

KU’EKU’E – Knuckle Duster

LA’ AU PALAU – Long-Handled Club

LEi-O-Mano – Wrap-Around Shark Tooth War Club

MA’A and MA’A ALA – Sling and Stone

MAKA PAHOA – Double-Edge Eye Dagger

NEWA – Hawaiian War Club

NIHO-manō hoe (Shark-Tooth War Paddle or War Canoe Oar

PAHI KAUA – Sword

PAHOA – Dagger

PIKOI – Tripping Cord

POLOLU – Battle Pike

SPORTS CONQUERING FEAR

PAPAHOLUA SLED – Surfing down mountains

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