Hawaiian Children's Stunts

31. O-lo-lo: " RUBBING."

The feat of rubbing one thigh with the right hand and patting the other with the left hand.


The feat of describing opposing circles with the hands and arms.

33. O-le-ha:

An amusement consisting in placing a stick, about two inches long, between the eyelids to prop them open.

The name means, primarily, to set or fix the eyes. Ellis1 says that in Tahiti "the teatea mata was a singular play among the children, who stretched open their eyelids by fixing a piece of straw, or stiff grass, perpendicularly across the eye, so as to force open the lids in a most frightful manner."

1 Op. cit., Vol. I, p. 228.

Last update February 3, 2010