Maoli Kapa Hex 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.
- Soft jersey cotton.
- 100% combed and ringspun cotton.
Tri-blends are 50% polyester/25% combed/25% ringspun cotton/rayon.
- Rounded neck.
- Tank top.
- Premium artwork by indigenous designers.
- Custom, trademark graphic.
NATIVE HAWAIIAN DESIGN
The front of the Kapa Hex pays tribute to the indigenous peoples of Hawaiʻi that arrived to the islands from their ancestral homeland of Kahiki as early as 300A.D. The Kapa Hex features many cultural motifs and traditional concepts.
The back design consists of kapa prints in a hexagonal shape with the names of the eight islands of Hawaiʻi – Hawaiʻi, Maui, Kahoʻolawe, Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, Kauaʻi and Niʻihau. Kapa is the traditional form of cloth made from the bark of the wauke (paper mulberry tree). With this cloth, Hawaiian peoples were able to make various types of clothing for both men and women.
The Kapa Hex design also features various kāpala (stamps fashioned out of native bamboo) styles. Using kāpala, Hawaiians would decorate the kapa with various designs. The kāpala on the Kapa Hex design (from left to right) include: the nihoniho (shark teeth), koʻeau (undulating earthworm), ulana (weave), maka ihe (eye of the spear), kanaka (people) and kualapa (ridge).
Traditionally, each of the kāpala patterns would have personal meaning for the maker and / or the wearer. With this shirt, our designers wanted to intentionally highlight the patterns forward in a modern way.
Wear this shirt to show your love for traditional Hawaiian culture or if you have a personal interest in the kāpala represented in the design.