Hawaiians made a large variety of nets for fishing and net-making itself was a true art. Nets were sewn with fine cordage made from an endemic plant called olonā (Touchardia latifolia). The size and shape of the net depended on the type of fishing it would be used for. The maka (spaces in the mesh of the net) were partially determined by the type of fish that would be caught. The ʻupena hoʻolei, or throw net, was the inspiration for this shirt. However, it is just one among many types of nets including bag nets (ex: ʻōhua, lau nui), bordered nets (ex: luelue, pōuouo), and scoop nets (ex: uluulu, kāʻeʻe). The phrases E hoʻolei aku & E hoʻolako mai speak to the hope of those who fish, that when they toss out their net (hoʻolei aku), that it will supply (hoʻolako mai) them with fish. Many kūpuna talk about how it was common practice to take only what one needed for their family and to share with those around them. They express much sadness about the dawn of the commercial fishing era and the burden it has placed upon our local marine resources. Throw net fishing for "home use" continues to be an important source of food for many Hawaiians today. Declining fish populations and a host of other ocean issues pose a threat to this important cultural practice.
100% cotton | Eco-friendly | Designed in Hawaiʻi | Made in the USA
Dimensions: 70in (h) x 44in (w)