Kuaʻana Tank TopRegular price $34.95 Sale price $24.95
This breathable, cotton men’s tank top features original, custom artwork by Maoli designers. The center chest design is printed using soft hand ink.
With a modern fit, featuring a rounded neck, this soft, breathable cotton tank top is one that can be worn casually for any occasion. Whether it is playing beach volleyball, grocery shopping at the farmers’ market, or running along the coast, this Maoli t-shirt is perfect for any occasion.
- Men’s tank top.
- 100% combed and ringspun cotton.
- Rounded neck.
- Tank top.
- Premium artwork by indigenous designers.
- Custom, trademark graphic.
NATIVE HAWAIIAN DESIGN
Hawaiians hold deep ancestral ties to the kalo (taro) plant as our kuaʻana (elder sibling), which stems from the story of the first kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian).
Two gods, Wākea of the sky and Hoʻohōkūkalani of the stars, had a child together, and his name was Hāloa (long, eternal breath). Sadly, he was a stillborn baby, so his parents wrapped him in kapa (cloth) and buried him in the ʻāina (land).
From where Hāloa was buried sprouted a small plant with a long stalk and a heart-shaped leaf that fluttered in the wind. The kalo plant was named Hāloanakalaukapalili (long stalk of the fluttering leaves).
Wākea and Hoʻohōkūkalani had a second child. This time, a happy, healthy baby boy. They also named him Hāloa, and he was the first kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian).
Hāloa grew up taking care of his elder sibling, Hāloanakalaukapalili, by continuing to cultivate the land and enabling him to flourish. Hāloanakalaukapalili also took care of his younger brother and all of his descendants by nourishing their bodies.
Wear this Kuaʻana (older sibling) design to honor the strength in the bonds between siblings, the bond between Native Hawaiians and Hāloanakalaukapalili as kalo, and of the importance of caring for one another by caring for the land.