Hawaiian Ipu Hula Dance Implement
Throughout the world, gourds are used for hundreds of uses. But in Hawaii, we have a unique and ancient traditional use for our large gourds. We hollow and clean the gourd. Later, we polish it to a nice shine and use it as a percussive instrument in the hula dance. Hula dancers are rarely without an ipu gourd. Held with one hand, usually with the help of an attached rope, a rhythm can be beaten with the free hand. Ipu are used in both ancient (Kahiko) and modern (auana) hulas.
Small (approx. 20" tall)
Medium (approx. 25" tall)
Large (approx. 28" tall)