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Hawaiian Lures Fishing  ~ This painting is an example of how efficient and effective the Hawaiian were and are as fishermen. These are called Bonito hooks. Bonito are caught in the deep blue waters far from the reef. The material used for the hooks were; shell, bone, ivory and tortoise shell and wood. The canoe was well built and maintained, sleek and efficient. The cord used was called ‘Olona’ (a vine) cord that is one of the strongest elements of the time. The fishhooks are made from human or dog bones, the larger fish- hook is made from whale Ivory. The small fish that swim past the fishing gourd remind us of the perfection of the ocean. Life in these times was about a highly functioning culture that we can still appreciate till this day.

Maui Fish Hooks ~ Kumulipo


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