Maori poi balls - blue, red & orange

Maori poi balls - blue, red & orange

$15.99Price
My mother taught me to make these as a young girl and I continued to make them while living in Hawaii and New Zealand. Over the years I've played around with materials and techniques and have branched out from the traditional colors of red, white & black.

DETAILS
Blue, red & orange braid
- 12" from the ball of the tassel (where you grip) to where it meets the poi ball head
- Good for adult short poi or as long poi for a small child

HOW TO DANCE POI
New to poi balls? Here's a great intro to the long poi from the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii where my husband and I used to work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Hcq4h1j3F4

You can do a search on YouTube for "poi balls" to see other tutorials. Or contact your local Polynesian dance group for instruction.

CUSTOM ORDERS
I can make any length--short poi or long poi--depending on your height and preference. Contact me for special orders or color requests. If you are making bulk orders I will need a little extra time to make them.

If you are a performing group and would like them to glow under blacklights, let me know and I can make ones that will show up in the lights.

HISTORY
Poi balls were used traditionally by young Maori warriors to increase their wrist dexterity for battle and man to man combat. In the last 100 years or so they've been used for dancing and as a "drum." The Maori are the only Polynesians that traditionally do not use drums, but when you hear 20 women dancing with short poi you'll think you're hearing drums! Have a listen to a typical Kapa Haka competition in New Zealand:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGA8c8NrmKo

Mana Polynesia  I  Pacific Island Entertainment

202-441-3715

manapolynesia@gmail.com

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