Moana Oceania - Hawai'i - Te Taumata Toi-a-iwi

HAWAI‘I

Makau

This makau or fishhook from Hawai‘i is finely carved from wood and intricately lashed with 3-ply braided coconut sennit fibre. It was gifted to Te Papa Museum in 1912.
Collection of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, FE000361. Gift of Lord St Oswald, 1912.
Illustration by Cecelia Faumuina

Hawaiian Art and Philosophy

Paper prepared by Dr Manulani Meyer, Meleanna Meyer & Maile Meyer.

“…I think that’s the seed of how Hawaiian knowledge systems were and how they were planted – through aloha – and do you see how they are being rejuvenated today! We are unique as people, as practitioners, as educators, as artists …. in our principles and our love of land and care of people." Read more