(HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island wood turner Malulani Konanui uses his talents to celebrate life's greatest gift. The birth bowl tradition was born back in 1997, when Malu learned that his niece was having a baby. He decided to complete a wooden bowl on the day of her delivery. The concept of "pola hanau" is the birthing of a bowl on the day of childbirth, making it an heirloom for the baby and the generations to follow.
Each bowl is completed within 24 hours of childbirth and blessed with a simple prayer. "Born the day of my hanai, I hope to bring harmony, love, respect and understanding in the tradition of the Hawaiian way. Today, every ‘Pola Hanau' is recorded, photographed and laser-engraved with a registered trademark in chronological order of birth to insure it is being a "one-of-a kind" family heirloom.
Our Tannya Joaquin commemorated the birth of her son Kai in 2008 with one of Malu's birth bowls and turned to him to create another special memento for her newborn daughter Hana. In this Baby Steps segment, Malu talks about the tradition and unveils Hana's pola hanau on Sunrise.
To order a birth bowl from Malulani Konanui, you can reach him at (808) 966-8108. Cost depends on type of wood used and design.
For more information about the artist, visit the Papa Mu Gallery website.
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