Ka Waʻa Kaulua | Gauze Boxy Top
Woven Boxy top | Scoop neck | One size fits most | Relaxed arm holes | Designed in Hawaiʻi | Made in the USA
The wa‘a kaulua defines our origins as Hawaiian people. Chiefess Lu‘ukia voyaged with her husband ‘Olopana to Tahiti and took chief Mō‘īkeha as a punalua (second husband). After hearing a false rumor that Mō‘īkeha had publicly insulted her womanly parts, she bound herself in cordage, navel to mid thighs, never sharing herself with him again. This lashing, ka pā‘ū o Lu‘ukia (Lu‘ukia’s skirt), is used on canoes and water gourds to this day. Heartbroken, Mō‘īkeha sailed to Hawai‘i. His sons La‘amaikahiki and Kila made multiple trips between the two island groups. La‘a brought the kā‘eke‘eke and certain hula to Hawai‘i. The voyages of our ancestors shaped our practices, relationships, and genealogies. Relationships are still central to voyaging. During Makali‘i’s recent voyage to Nīhoa and Mokumanamana, this ‘ohana strengthened their relationship to ‘āina (that which sustains) by provisioning their canoe entirely with food grown and caught in Hawai‘i. Through oli (chant) and protocol they strengthened their relationships to the elements and those they petitioned for guidance and protection. We dedicate this design to them and to our dear friend Dean Kealoha Hoe, a voyager whose generosity and aloha lives on in all those whose lives he touched. E ola!