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Carefully read the original article on the history of tattoo in Hawaii

 

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Captain Cook played a role in the breakdown of Hawaiian traditions including tattooing. Hawaiian tattooing was called "kakau," and Hawaiians considered it important for aesthetic, health and religious reasons (Pacific Islanders in Communication). Traditional Hawaiian tattoos took their patterns from nature. The designs were applied by specially trained kahuna, experts in one or more critical task, who applied pigment to the skin with a needle made from bone, tied to a stick and struck by a mallet. The process was a big secret, and the tools were broken afterward. In the nineteenth century this practice began to disappear. "Kakau was discouraged and suppressed."

 

Pacific Islanders in Communication. "History of Tattoo." Skin Stories: the Art and Culture of Polynesian

           Tattoo. PBS, 2003. Web. 3 Aug. 2012.

 

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