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 Metal (iron), plant (olona fiber, wood)


 Hawaii (Nig Island), Hawaii, Polynesia

 One-Piece Metal Fishhooks. Makau kaka, a set of eight hooks bought on January 19, 1887 from Keoni Kaai of Pahoehoe, S. Kona, Hawaii for $1. Used for catching ulaula, kalekale, kahala, aholehole, opakapaka, kaapeape,hapuupuu, opelu kaka, nohu koae. Bait used, bits of opelu tied securely to each hook. Stone sinker insecurely fastened by lai (ki leaf) to the bottom of the line. Depth of water 4 to 5 kaao (1 kaao = 40 fathoms). Sink the stone until it touches the bottom and allow it to rest so. With each bite, jerk the lina a little and thus securing the hook in the fish's mouth. Finally detach the stone sinker with a jerk and pull the line in. (Emerson) Formerly eight hooks of flat iron and with 2-ply line; each hook attached to a stick - 16.4-18.7 cm long, 0.50-0.70 cm in diameter - which in turn fastens to the main fishline. 03826A = Point: curved; length 1.90 cm. Shank: length 3 cm, width 1.60 cm. 03826B = Point: curved; length 1.90 cm. Shank: length 2.90 cm, width 1.55 cm. )3826C = Point: curved; length 1.70 cm. Shank: length 2.70 cm, width 1.55 cm. 03826D = Point: curved; length 1.85 cm. Shank: length 3.25 cm, width 1.50 cm. 03826E = Point: curved; length 2.05 cm. Shank: length 3.40 cm, width 1.60 cm. Figure 148. (Summers)

Collection Name: J.S. Emerson Collection

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