No, this is not the Hawaiian delicacy, but, according to wikipedia
, is instead a form of juggling originally from the Maori people of New Zealand.
My practice poi consist of 2 skeins of yarn and 1 craft cord, takes about 10 minutes to assemble, and is very affordable.
The title pic is a beautiful shot of Nick Woolsey's fire poi
For more on poi, check out www.playpoi.com