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Nose Flutes

The nose flute is an instrument used in ancient times to serenade a lover. For the Hawaiians, the nose is romantic, sacred, and pure. The Hawaiian word for kiss is honi. Similar to an Eskimo's kiss, the noses touch on each side, sharing one's spiritual energy or breath. The Hawaiian term, ohe hano ihu, simply translated to "bamboo," with which the instrument is made; "breathe," because one has to gently breathe through it to make soothing music; and "nose," as it is made for the nose and not the mouth.

Updated: 2014-05-29

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