Koʻi (stone adze head)

Koʻi or stone adze was an important tool used for everyday life of kānaka Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiian Adzes. Length: 9 inches. Width (at blade):2 inches, Thickness (at widest point): 1 7/8 inches, Color: Grey (with slightly darker discolorment on the underside and the stock), Weight: 1 lb. 15.8 oz, Condition: Good.

Cultural Narrative: 

The koʻi (stone adze) was the most important tool for kānaka.  The art of making the adze was handed down from generation to generation.  This class of stoneworkers were considered highly skilled.  Koʻi was used to carve canoes from trees, notched posts and rafters for housing, hollowed out bowls, and gave form to their gods (Young, 1999).   The adze quarry at the top of Mauna Kea was well known for producing adze.  “Adze were shaped into a rough form at the quarry and then carried down the mountain to be polished and sharpened with sand and water on a sharpening stone.” (Young, 1999)    In canoe making it was said that there were many different types of koʻi used in the creation of canoes.  Brigham mentions “