Scientific Name: Broussonetia papyrifer
Hawaiian Name: Wauke
The Hawaiians did not have cotton or mammal hair to weave cloth so instead they relied or bark cloth(Kapa). The Wauke was the primary plant he Hawaiians used for making such cloth. They used Kapa and the Wauke for bedding, ceremonies, clothes, and wrapping the bones of their ancestors. The Hawaiians cut the side branches off until it grew to about 4 feet high. At that point they cut it down and stripped off it’s bark. The bark was then soaked it water, before being pounded into Kapa cloth.