The people of Polynesia share a similar language, folklore and traditional crafts. When early settlers arrived in Hawaii they found the pandanus tree (hala) already growing. The versatile coconut was introduced in the early migrations. The plant commonly known as koa haole was brought to the Islands after the arrival of Captain Cook. These plants provide the raw materials for many of the crafts featured in Polynesian Crafts Step by Step. Detailed instructions and drawings tell you how to create crafts from coconut palm fronds, lauhala, feathers, koa haole seeds, and more. Hats, hatbands, fishnets, baskets, fans and leis are among the creations.