This large bowl was cut from a single block of wood, traditionally from the vesi tree (Intsia bijuga). It was used for making a drink called yaqona (pronounced yanggona), which was made from the roots and stems of the pepper bush (Piper methysticum) mixed with water. Yaqona was a ceremonial drink served during public chiefly rituals. The ritual itself had spread from Tonga to Fiji in the 18th century. This vessel highlights the close cultural connections between the Samoan, Tongan and Fijian islands as carvers of Samoan decent settled in Kabara in the southern Lau group to make canoes and bowls. These bowls were distributed by exchange throughout the region.