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Costume

Both male and female dancers wore a pa`u, or short skirt around the waist, made of kapa, hau bark, ti or banana leaves. Men wore their pa`u over a malo or loincloth. Dancers were also adorned with lei covering their heads and shoulders with kupe`e on their wrists and ankles. Kupe`e were made of greens, whale teeth, bone, shell, or dog teeth. Ankle kupe`e of teeth or bone added a percussive rattle during the dance.

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