This breathable, cotton men’s t-shirt features original, custom artwork by Maoli designers. The left chest and back designs are printed using soft hand ink.
With a modern fit, featuring a rounded crew neck, this soft, breathable cotton t-shirt is one that can be worn casually for any occasion. Whether it is relaxing at the beach, grabbing dinner in town, or catching the sunset on an afternoon hike, this Maoli t-shirt is perfect for any occasion.
- Men’s classic-fit t-shirt.
- 100% soft jersey cotton.
- Crew neck.
- Short sleeve.
- Premium artwork by indigenous designers.
- Custom, trademark graphic.
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NATIVE HAWAIIAN DESIGN
This design pays tribute to an ʻōlelo noʻeau (Hawaiian proverb) that highlights an important life lesson for all Hawaiian fishermen. “E ʻai i kekahi, e kāpī i kekahi” literally translates in English to “Eat some, salt some”. In ancient times, a very common way to preserve fish for eating at a later date is to dry it with paʻakai (sea salt). Back in those days, we didn’t have the privilege of putting fish into a freezer to keep it edible, so at first glance, this proverb could simply be advising a fisherman to preserve his or her catch so that it does not spoil.
However, there is a Hawaiian kaona (hidden meaning) that teaches us a valuable life lesson in conservation. In this proverb, the idea of “preserving fish” has a dual meaning—one, to preserve fish as a food item, and another, to preserve fish as a resource for future generations. There is a popular Hawaiian moʻolelo (story) where a young boy learns from the creatures of the ocean that it is important to preserve resources so that future generations may flourish. Whether it is by releasing reproducing females, returning smaller catches, or simply refraining from catching everything (just because he could), the boy is able to build life skills that help him to preserve the ocean’s resources.
Wear this shirt to show your kākoʻo (support) of preserving the ocean’s resources for the future generations to enjoy.