Laie carver completes Hawaiian wa’a kaulua

[Story and photo by Mike Foley, originally published in Kaleo, April 9, 1998]

Tuione Pulotu shows his nearly completed Hawaiian¬†wa’a¬†kaulua.

When the young man from the tiny island of Fangai in Tonga’s Ha’apai group first visited Ala Moana Shopping Center in 1961, he fell in love with Hawaiian tikis.

“I really admired them,” said Tuione Pulotu, who came here 38 years ago as an LDS?labor missionary to help build the brand-new Polynesian Cultural Center and additions to The Church College of Hawaii, the Hawaii LDS?Temple.

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