Game piece

Description
This is likely to be a stone used in the ‘ulumaika game. Still played today, ‘ulumaika is a game that had long historical roots. ‘Ulu maika is a pitching game that was traditionally played as part of the festivities of the Makahiki season and was an occasion for boys to test their strength and accuracy. Because it is frequently encountered at archaeological sites, it is assumed that this game was played frequently. ‘Ulu maika involves rolling disk-shaped stones, mostly made from basalt and sometimes coral, down a kahua, a course of flattened ground. The aim was to roll the stones between two pegs standing only several inches apart without hitting either one of them.
Accession Loan No.
19/2001/5
Collection Class
Toys dolls and games
Common Name
game piece
Simple Name
game
Full Name
game piece
Dimensions
whole length 50 mm; whole diameter 80 mm
Production Year High
pre 2001
Production County
Hawai’i
Production Country
Hawaiian Islands (United States of America)
Production Area Region
Polynesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
stone
Function Name
game
Collection Continent
Pacific

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