These designs are close-ups of the various apa'apai clubs. For the sake of space, I've chosen to just show detailed pictures
rather than the whole club itself. If you're interested in seeing what the club actually looks like, check out "The
Art of Tonga" by Keith St Cartmail. There is a section on Tongan warclubs with color photos.
The above pictures are close ups of the apa'apai variety club. The designs
are intricate and vary from club to club. Research has been done on the various designs contained within the club. It is said
that they too have their roots in the early Lapita designs.
Many of the club patterns contained figures of animals
such as dogs, turtles, octopus, sharks and various types of fish. There are also some that have human figures (both men and
women), crescents, and series of three dots (in various formations - possibly the Tukihea) similar to the dot patterns found
in Ngatu prints.