Kulāiwi Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Kulāiwi 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.
  • Soft jersey cotton.
  • 100% combed and ring-spun 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.

NATIVE HAWAIIAN DESIGN

The Kulāiwi design is of the pae ʻāina (archipelago) of Hawaiʻi. Kulāiwi translates in English to “Homeland” and is a personally-important waypoint for any Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian). 

The design also includes the official Hawaiian flag superimposed over the islands. Upon close inspection, the flag is flipped upside down. This kaona (hidden meaning) represents the struggle of the present-day Kanaka Maoli in trying to preserve and perpetuate what is so near and dear to their hearts. The flag still shows eight bands of alternating red, white and blue colors, each band representing a Hawaiian island. 

The design also features our logo, which include the three mauna (mountain) pattern triangles representing the three hanauna (generations) guiding native peoples of today – past, present and future.

Wear this design if you acknowledge Hawaiʻi as a special place and if you acknowledge that although we have made progress, we still have work to do.

Sustainability

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!

Fulfillment notice

Due to the impact of COVID-19, fulfilling and shipping orders make take longer as we follow measures to keep our teams safe.