Koauau with carved figures on base
KOAUAU are short flutes usually with three finger holes. Every instrument is regarded as an individual which gets named. The larger, blown end of this koauau is the face of the instrument and to play it we bring its nose to ours as in a hongi, or breath sharing greeting. The face at the far end has two noses because it represents the face of the music which is created by uniting the breath of the player with the breath of the instrument.The pattern covering the body of the flute depicts the music going out and creating pleasing shapes in the silence.