Walter Tumbaga’s artifacts include many Hawaiian pieces made from Cowbone, Ivory, Cowery Shell, Black Coral, Koa Wood, Turtle Shell, Keawe Wood, Lava Rock and Pheasant Wood. The Ivory is pre-ban and is registered in Lahaina, Maui. Cowbone is used as a replacement for the human or dog bone used by Hawaiians of old day.

The Tako Lure pictured above, was made as an exact replica of Makau from the Bernice P. Bishop Museum collection of native Hawaiian artifacts.The lure is made of a composite of Bone, Koa Wood, Cowerie Shell and Lava Rock, joined by a lashing of brown braided cord. This Lure has a straight Koa Wood stem with a full cowerie shell fastened to one side and a Lava Rock fastened to the other. A piece of Turtle Shell is used as a line-stop at the base of the Cowerie Shell where the braided cord enters the puka. A sharp bone incurved point is fastened to the other end of the Koa Wood stem.

The Cowerie Shell is used to lure the Tako out of his hole, the Lava Rock is for weight to sink the lure to the ocean floor, and the bone hook of course is to catch the Tako (octopus).

We are pleased to offer the works of Walter Tumbaga as one of the island's most knowledgeable artisians of historical artifacts.