agile, quick to exploit what nature put at their disposal, the ancient
inhabitants of Huahine made tools of multiple uses. The raw materials
used were volcanic rocks, corals, shells, bones, etc..
the finest item of formerly material culture , the adze (to'i) consisted of an active, working edge, and a heel attached to the handle by a ligature plant. The adze differed from the ax (opahi) by the orientation of the working edge perpendicular to the shaft axis. His finishing was a delicate operation. A boulder allowed to outline the form and get the desired thickness. One then elaborated tenon required for slip-and sharpness. The finals were to remove by sanding and refining facets formed by the removal of chips to give the object its final polished surface. Close to its shape adze, chisel (fenefene) was made from seashells.
Compared to other islands, few such objects have been found in Huahine, and in particular, no adze inverted triangular section, however there was an rudimentary adze discovery of a type very old, which dates from the year 1000
Polynesia, making tapa was a tipically female work although men were
not excluded from the production process : they had to look after
planting breadfruit (uru) seeds or cuttings mulberry 'aute not to be confused with hibiscus 'aute) and remove the buds emerging. Thus perfectly smooth saplings allowed obtaining homogeneous fabric. After
debarking wood, women were taking over men. The bark was soaked two or
three days in a point of fresh water. They were then scraped with a
shell to eliminate their external part; just the "phloem", the fibrous
portion of the plant bark was left. Then they rolled "phloem" strips
with banana leaves. After one to three days off, the beaten fibers were
to be clustered together. . .
The tradition of kite (pauma 'Uo )
The art of kite is part of the customs of the ancient Polynesians. This
practice was widespread in Huahine, where Pīpiri-mā legend tells, in
some of its variants, sending children to the sky by a kite. In the
neighboring island of Taha'a, the legendary god Hiro while he was still
young is said to have been challenged by his brothers in a competition
kite. On the advice of his mother Fa'imano he used ‘atae leaves, (a large
tree with red leaves; Erythrina indica) for the wing skins; and dry
banana stems (called 'uo, a term which by extension means as the kite)
to the string and tail. Hiro’s kite went high in the sky, remaining soon
there to form the constellation Scorpio, called by some a Te matau Maui
(Maui's hook) and by other Te 'uo ā Hiro ( Hiro's kite). In Huahine and
all the Society Islands, competitions were formerly organized in which
it was to show strength and skill in guiding a kite up five meters wide.
The winner was the one whose kite was the fastest and the highest in
the sky. . .