RARE PRE-CONTACT ANCIENT HAWAII STONE AWA POUNDER/PESTLE
A worthy addition for any collector of old Hawaiian artifacts; perfect to accent your home or office! About Hawaiian 'awa pounders: (from "Arts and Crafts of Hawaii," by Sir Peter H. Buck, 1957) "Kava ...is one of the introduced plants which the Polynesian censors carried along with them on their voyages of settlement and later cultivated. The 'awa beverage was used as a refreshing drink by the aristocracy, by agriculturalists and fishermen, and probably by commoners when they could get a supply. It was used as a medicine and as an offering to the gods and in various other ways. The roots were pounded into small pieces with a stone then given to men and women with strong teeth who chewed them to further break down the wood fibers. Two lumps of chewed root were mixed with water to produce a cup of `awa; the solid remains were strained out before serving."