The Hawaiian Word of the Day is ‘apu.
‘Apu is the Hawaiian name for a cup fashioned out of the halves of the shell of the coconut.
‘Apu are traditionally used to serve ‘awa, also known as kava, both in and outside of formal ceremonies. Used to intiate ceremonies, 'awa was also used recreationally and had a mild sedative and numbing effect.
Hawaii, though, is not alone in its use of the ‘apu, as these types of coconut shell cups are found all throughout the rest of Polynesia.
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