followed the general building techniques of southern Polynesia
usually building by the seashore near the best fishing
grounds. A chief might have several houses, each serving
a special purpose.
Noho or Sitting House was relatively large and could be
compared to our modern living room or parlor. It was rectangular
in shape and the main supports were heavy wooden posts
to which rafters were lashed. A framework of light poles
was lashed to the rafters and upright posts and thatching
tied to the poles. Generally there was only one low door,
although some had two doors and others largely open at
The Hale Noho was used for conversation and both men and women engaged in story
telling freely. This was also used for quiet pastimes. The interior consisted
of one room with no partitions.
the Hale Noho would function as a Hale Moe, which was where
the families slept. Pillows were rectangular in shape and
were woven of and stuffed with pandanus leaves. Mats for
sleeping were also woven from pandanus leaves. Kapa cloth
was necessary as a bed covering and was also used for clothing.
was kept clean inside and around the outside area and is indicative
of the cleanliness, which was prominent in the Hawaiian lifestyle.