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Mea Kaua Hawaiian Weapons Work Shop

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by C. Kamai on March 1, 2017

Ayme reporter Kale Kamai covers Hawaiian mea kaua (weapons). This is not your everyday weapons, Its special! Handcrafted by kanaka maoli! Ever thought about how our ancestors built their combat weapons? Hawaiians built a variety of weapons with a variety of material, They needed close combat weapons because it was a face to face match. The one most common material that was used in weapons was kauila wood. Kauila was used in most weapons because it was strong and sturdy. They put shark tooth and kauila wood together to make a useful weapon. They used rope to tie the teeth to the side of kauila wood giving them a cutting advantage that could make a clean cut. Making use of what you have is very resourceful.

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