Kuaʻana Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Kuaʻana Short Sleeve T-Shirt

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This breathable, cotton men’s t-shirt features original, custom artwork by Maoli designers. The center chest design is 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.

For detailed information on our short sleeve t-shirts, check out our Fit Guide.


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.


We've partnered with some stellar organizations who are taking garment printing into the 21st century with DTG (direct-to-garment) printing technology. This means, everything at Maoli is made to order and we don’t have a warehouse full of clothes lying around. This reduces the clothing waste in our business to nearly zero. 

Our eco-friendly water-based inks provide unlimited color combinations and make detailed prints pop without reducing their vibrancy in the wash. Reducing toxicity in the environment is one of our top priorities. 

Whenever possible, we also use organic, recycled, or sustainable fabrics to manufacture our apparel. We aim to make our products good for your body and for the ʻāina (land).

We encourage our customers and our community to demand more from us when it comes to sustainability. Have an idea? Please don’t hesitate to reach out!