Common Name: Bottle Gourd
Family: Cucurbitaceae (Gourd Family)
This Ipu was used to make musical instruments, Ipu pāi, the drum, including rattles,
Ipu ‘ole, that accompanied hula.
This song beat is from the Ipu pāi musical instruments made from the gourd you see
In Polynesia, the double gourd drum was found only in the Hawaiian Islands, used to accompany hula and chants.
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Gourd Drums and other Instruments
The gourd drum is known as pā ipu, or ipu pa‘i, which literally means “gourd
to beat.” An ipu heke is a gourd drum with a top section, while an ipu ‘ole
is a gourd drum without a top section. A gourd drum with a top section was
made by joining two gourds together, with a larger, somewhat elongated gourd
on the bottom and a more roundish gourd on top.
The gourds were joined using the gummy sap of ‘ulu (Artocarpus altilis,
breadfruit). A strip of kapa (tapa) was sometimes wrapped around the area
where the gourds were joined.
A loop in the kapa allowed the player to manipulate the drum, which could be
hit on the side to produce a sharp, light sound, or the drum itself could be
dropped onto the surface below, producing a deeper, somewhat dull tone.
The hōkiokio is a gourd whistle, or flute, made by putting three holes
midway on the gourd, while a hole on the pointed end of the gourd was the
one into which air was blown. The gourd whistle, used for entertainment by
amorous partners, was also known as the lover’s whistle.
The fruit (gourd) of the ipu vine is green, maturing to a tan or beige
color. The gourds vary in size and shape, containing a white pulp and many
light-colored, flattish seeds, each about 1½ inches (3.8 cm) long.
The rind of the ipu gourd is woody and hard, which made it useful for a
variety of purposes in ancient Hawai‘i. Gourds referred to as ipu wai or hue
wai were used to hold water and other liquids, and gourds referred to as ipu
‘ai were used to hold food.
A long gourd calabash is referred to by the Hawaiian term hōkeo, while those
used for kapa (tapa) barkcloth items (or food) are referred to as hulilau.
An ipu variety on Maui and Moloka‘i with green, white-splotched fruit is
known as kūkae‘iole, which literally means “dung of ‘iwa bird.”
An ancient Hawaiian proverb states:
“Pā mai, pā mai ka makani o Hilo; waiho
aku i ka ipu iki, hō mai i ka ipu nui.” (“Blow, blow, O winds of Hilo,
put away the small containers and give us the large one.”). Explained
to mean, “La‘amaomao, the god of wind, was said to have a wind container
called Ipu-a-La‘amomao. When one desires more wind to make the surf roll
high, one makes this appeal.”
Ipu is the Hawaiian name for the plant as well as a general name for gourd
containers, including dishes, pots and cups. Gourds used as containers were
of the variety known as ipu mānalo, the “sweet” gourd,” while another
variety, ipu ‘awa‘awa, or the “bitter” gourd, was used medicinally.
Gourds used as food bowls were known as ‘umeke pōhue.
Bowls made from gourds are also referred to as calabashes, though this term
now also refers to bowls made from shells of niu (Cocos nucifera, coconut),
as well as bowls made from wood.
The Hawaiian saying “He ipu kā‘eo” (“A full calabash”), refers to “...a
Also known by the Hawaiian term pōhue, ipu is a wide-spreading vine with
branched tendrils and lobed (or 5-angled), roundish or heart-shaped leaves
that are about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) in diameter.
Ipu produces white flowers that are about 1½ inches (3.8 cm) long. The
flowers grow individually in the leaf axils and bloom at night.
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conditions during the growing period. Germination is affected by such factors as
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