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Pāhoa, Hawaiian wooden dagger

The Pāhoa is a so-called "wooden dagger" of the natives of the Sandwich Islands .


The Pāhoa was designed by the inhabitants of the Sandwich Islands as a weapon of war. The first models of this kind originated before colonization and are mentioned in European sources.


The Pāhoa is made of hardwood ( miro wood). It is made similar to a sword . The Pāhoa is flat, has a handle and a "blade". The outer edges are ground thin and sharp, the point thinner than the rest of the "blade part" and made pointed. The handle is flat and has a rounded knob. A hole in the pommel is used to hold a leather strap or rope and is used to secure it to the wearer's hand. There is also a version with two "blades" and a handle in the middle. It was used as a dagger and a club .

See also


  • George Cameron Stone , Donald J. LaRocca, A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor: in All Countries and in All Times , Courier Dover Publications, 1999, ISBN 978-0-486-40726-5
  • John George Wood, The uncivilized races of men in all countries of the world: being a comprehensive account of their manners and customs, and of their physical, social, mental, moral and religious characteristics, Volume 2 , Verlag JB Burr Pub. Co., 1876
  • Bill Finnis, Captain James Cook: seaman and scientist , Chaucer Press, 2003, ISBN 978-1-904449-14-0

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Individual evidence

  1. cf. pāhoa in Hawaiian Dictionaries
  2. ... himself of several passes with the Pahoa - mortally wounded ... - an eighteen inches to two feet long dagger of wood or iron . The Sandwich Islands: The Royal Family . IN: Foreign countries, Volume 5, Edition 1, No. 170 (June 18, 1832), p. 677