Up for sale is this pair of Hawaiian Pu'ili rhythm sticks. These Pu'ilis are made out of bamboo and are used to help keep the rhythm for Hula. Simply hold the handles and tap together the split ends.
Traditionally, pu'ili were used in mele ho`oipoipo (love chants) and mele inoa (name chants) usually done in the sitting position. Later, they were adapted to standing kahiko and `auana choreography.
Lengths of bamboo are harvested and cut to size. They are split lengthwise with a sharp instrument leaving a natural handle at one end. The sound produced is said to mimic the rustling of the leaves and grass.
These pu'ili sticks measure about 20.25 inches in length.