This bowl handmade by me is made from high quality Koa wood from Hawaii. Koa wood is special because of three primary reasons; its beauty, rarity, and symbolic meaning. Burned in the center is the Lōkahi which stands for unity, accord and harmony. It’s a Hawaiian symbol made of three small triangles arranged to shape a bigger one. Kahi is the short version for the word ‘ekahi, the number one. Around it is the Polynesian Ocean waves pattern and around the outside is a Polynesian Shark tooth pattern. Attached to the rim of the bowl is some exquisite and rare rainbow sea glass from Scotland. The entire bowl has been treated with three layers of polyurethane. Approximately 5.75 inches (14.61 cm) in diameter.
Koa wood reflects strength and courage, the word Koa means warrior. In ancient. Hawaii, it was the go-to wood used in the making of many ancient warrior tools. In part because Koa is a hardwood. It was used to construct canoes, swords, and hand weapons of all kinds.
The ocean is a second home to Polynesian people and the place of rest when they leave for their last voyage. Coincidentally, turtles are said to join the departed guiding them to their destinations. So sometimes, the ocean can be used to represent death and the beyond. Since the ocean is the primary source of food, it is no wonder it impacts so much tradition and myth. All the creatures living in the ocean are associated with several meanings, usually mutated from their characteristic traits and habits. The ocean and the sea can be represented by waves.
Shark teeth or niho mano deserve a space of their own. Sharks are one of the favourite forms that aumakua choose to appear to man. They represent protection, guidance and strength as well as ferocity however, they are also symbols of adaptability in many cultures.