Weapons

During the pre-contact period, weapons were made of wood and/or stone with the inclusion of sharks' teeth on some of the weapons. The bills from swordfish and marlins were also used. Most of the weapons were used for hand-to-hand combat. All weapons are custom made using hardwoods, natural cordage, and shark teeth (tiger, bull, or oceanic white tip).


thumb A`u ku - (dagger)

Material: Broadbill marlin
Size: 20.5 inches


thumb Pahoa - (daggers)

Material: Koa, kiawe, `ohi`a lehua
Size: 12-24 inches


thumb Newa la`au - wooden club

Material: Native hardwoods
Size: 11-14 inches


thumb Leiomano - (hand weapon) used in hand-to-hand combat

Material: `Ohi`a lehua and tiger shark teeth
Size: 17 inches


thumb Leiomano - (hand weapon) used in hand-to-hand combat

Material: Koa and tiger shark teeth
Size: 9inches


thumb Leiomano - (hand weapon) used in hand-to-hand combat

Material: `Ohi`a lehua, koa and tiger shark teeth
Size: 8-15 inches


thumb Leiomano/pahoa a`u - (hand weapon) used in hand-to-hand combat

Material: Koa, tiger shark teeth, and marlin spike. Other hardwoods may be available.
Size: Approximately 22 x 5 inches


thumb Ka`ane - (strangle cord) used during combat or punishment for breaking a kapu.

Material: Kiawe or other hardwood and 8-ply braided hemp
Size: 40 inches


thumb Leiomano - (shark tooth weapon) 4 teeth

Material: Various types of wood, stone, and natural cordage
Size: Varies


thumb thumb Leiomano - (shark-tooth weapon) with eight teeth

Material: Various types of wood, stone, and natural cordage
Size: Varies


thumb thumb Leiomano - (shark tooth weapon) 10 teeth

Material: Various types of wood, stone, and natural cordage
Size: Varies


thumb Ma`a - (sling) hand woven from natural cordage

Material: Various types of hand-made natural cordage
Size: Varies


thumb Newa la`au - (wooden club)

Material: Hardwood
Size: Varies


thumb Newa pohaku - (stone club)

Material: Dense basalt
Size: Approximately 4 X 1.5 inches


thumb Pahoa - (dagger) This design is based on a pahoa collected by Capt. James Cook on the island of Kaua`i.

Material: Various types of hardwood
Size: Varies


thumb Pikoi - (tripping club)

Material: Various shapes and hardwoods or stones
Size: Varies