Hākikili ka ua, hālana ka wai, hālanalana i ka houpo o Kāne; hā ka moana, hālana ke kai, hālanalana i ka houpo o Kanaloa; kaiehu ka moku, pāpapa ka ʻāina. The rain thunders down in big drops, the water floods the land, floods the heart of Kāne; the ocean heaves, the sea floods the land, inundation by the heart of Kanaloa; pieces of the island are dislodged, the land is flattened. Our kūpuna recorded cataclysmic events and extreme weather conditions in mele (chants, songs, poetry) and we drew on those to create these lines as part of a Kealopiko art installation for ʻAe Kai, a 2017 Smithsonian exhibit. Climate change was one of the exhibition themes and we spoke to that with this mele, an ʻŌiwi TV video of the Heʻeia fishpond wall submerged during a king tide, and the design on this garment, which depicts the flow of rainwater through a traditional system and many of the things it affects. Sea level rise and flooding due to changes in rainfall patterns will continue to affect our island communities. How will we cope with these things? Just like our kūpuna, we are forced to find solutions. Because they were masters of innovation, we ask for their guidance and follow in their footsteps as we meet the challenges of climate change with open eyes.
100% organic cotton | Designed in Hawaiʻi | Made in the USA
*NOTE: PRINT VARIES PER GARMENT - The garment you receive may differ from what is shown here! The large format screen used to produce this garment has different sections, so print and layout varies per piece.