Scientific Name: Cordia subcordata
Kou was prized for carving. It was used to make containers for fish hooks, food bowls and dishes and religious images. Special ‘umeke mana ‘ai for first–born children made sometimes of kou that had been planted over afterbirths of grandparents.
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