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meaning "A shark’s lei," these Hawaiian weapons were particularly
and devastating. They were fashioned in many shapes and sizes. Some
were designed for use as daggers, some were more club-like and
were strictly designed for cutting and slashing. Lei-o-manö were made
one to many shark’s teeth. The teeth are extracted from a shark's jaw
are usually attached to wood, but could be affixed to bone (human or animal),
turtle shell or other materials. The teeth were secured by lacing, pegging
sewing. The lei-o-manö, combined with other weapons such as the pähoa
dagger), provided its owner with additional stabbing and slashing features.
lei-o-manö were designed to provide the same features but were made
of wood. This weapon was said to be a favorite of the chiefs. The
tearing effects of the very sharp teeth of the shark, made the lei-o-manö
formidable close combat weapon. An old Hawaiian saying makes reference
particularly powerful warrior as, "He niuhi ‘ai holopapa o ka moku."
this means ...
fierce niuhi shark that devours all on the island."
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