At the turn of the century W. T. Brigham described the poi pounder as "an implement very prominently identified with Polynesian life: one that had it beginnings with the race and which will perhaps be the last of ancient things to fall from the hands of the dying people" (1902:36). Indeed, traditional poi pounders continue to be used in Hawai'i even today. In fact, they are among the most celebrated Hawaiian antiquities, a symbol of strength in Hawaiian culture.
McElroy, Windy Keala
"Rethinking the Traditional Classification of Hawaiian Poi Pounders,"
Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 17
, Article 3.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/rnj/vol17/iss2/3