Lua – Traditional Hawaiian Martial Arts Style
Lua is a traditional Hawaiian martial arts that focuses on bone breaking, boxing, wrestling, weapons, etc.
According to Lua Hâlau O Kaihewalu, Lua utilizes “Peku (a variety of kicks), Paa Lima (hand catch and trap), Hikua (throws), Ku’i Ku’i (boxing; a variety of punches), Waho/Loko Hio (a variety of leg sweeps), Ihe Manamana Lima (finger spear poking), Pahu/Huki (push and pull), Nahu Waha (biting with the mouth), Ku’i (punch, poke), and Mokomoko (rough, dirty, everything goes fighting)”.
Weapons used in Lua include the Hoe – Canoe paddle (oar), Hoe Lei-o-mano – Oar, Shark tooth weapon, Iwi, Ka’ane – Strangling cord, Ko’oko’o – Staffs (Long and Short), Ku’eku’e Lei-o-mano – Knuckle duster weapon, Ku’eku’e Lima Lei-o-mano – Knuckle duster weapon, Lei-o-manô – Shark tooth weapons, Maka Pâhoa – Double-edge (eye) dagger, Newa – Short (small) club, Pahi – Knife, Pâhoa – Single-edge dagger, Maka Pâhoa Ko’oko’o – Cane double-edge dagger, etc.
Documentary on Lua History & Techniques
- Lua Hâlau O Kaihewalu, History of Lua, http://www.olohe.com/weapons-of-lua.html, Added -2/17/15