Pōhaku kuʻi (stone pestle)

Pōhaku kuʻi or stone pestle is a stone tool used with a poho (mortar) to ground natural elements used primarily for la’au lapa’au (medicine) or ceremony.

Pestle. Length: 10 1/2 inches, Weight: 4 lb. 5.2 oz., Circumference: 9 1/2 inches, Diameter: 3 inches, Circumference (top): 5 inches, Diameter (top): 1 1/2 inches. This pestle does not have a neck. It is very porey, and it has a white paint stain all along one side.

The Pōhaku kuʻi had no knob at the handles end (Brigham, 1902)

Cultural Narrative: 

Used together with the poho pōhaku (stone mortar) the Pōhaku kuʻi was used to process vegetative materials such as ʻawa (Piper methysticum), kukui (Aleurites moluccana), ferns and other laʻau lapaʻau (medicine) or food items.

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