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Night poi - pair


Regular price $44.00
Night poi -  pair
Night poi -  pair
Night poi -  pair
New from Stellar Haus, we introduce the Night Poi.
  • Set includes two mid/long LED poi with handles, straps and carry bag
  • Adjustable handles/string 30-55cm with reinforced finger grips
  • Replaceable LR44 batteries included
  • Poi is 8cm diameter
  • Made from soft PVC
  • On/off switch
  • 6 Modes: single colour, cycles and strobe


POI HISTORY

The kupu (word) poi means both sphere (n), and to toss (v) and the kupu is now synonymous worldwide with poi performance.
The art of poi has long been practiced by Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa, New Zealand and there is research indicating the use of poi in our early Polynesian neighbours' communities. 
Traditional use was likely to develop coordination, strength and dexterity, but I'm sure the captivating playfulness included games, and that led the transition to the stage. 
Now the poi is a component of most kapahaka competition sets and a favourite for many performers and observers alike. 
Poi performance has also increased in pop and sub cultures worldwide, and it is perhaps regrettable that the cultural aspects haven't travelled with it.

PRODUCT HISTORY

The Night Poi are new to the Stellar range for 2021, but they have a long history with our business. 
One of their founders, Katie, is a big poi (kapahaka) fan and was amazed to find fire poi at music festivals in the 2000s. An increase in fire bans kept us all safe but snuffled the expression of poi at these events and at home. 
So in 2001 Firefly Creations developed an LED poi as an alternative to the banned fire poi. The first model was made from hacky sacks, the handles were long waxed cord with finger loops that cut the skin, and the carry bags were made and branded here by Southern Monograms.
They took photos in their backyard, and the pattern from those photos became the Firefly Creations logo as well as the skin for the 'Minimish' truck that travelled around selling glowing flashing things in the South Island. 


This style of LED poi is now sold worldwide (by many many people). We do hope the integrity of poi is upheld in the sharing of our sets with you.
Karawhiua! 

Stellar Haus says 'Ka mihi tēnei ki ngā pūmanawa tuatahi o te toi poi, arā ko te iwi Māori o Aotearoa. 
We acknowledge the indigenous origins of poi, the tīpuna creators and pioneers of toi Māori and all efforts to honour and retain the ways of those who lit the trail ahead of us. "

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