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    Hi'iaka i ka poli o Pele Tank Top

    Hi'iaka i ka poli o Pele • Hi'iaka in the bosom of Pele.

    In Hawaiian legend Hiʻiaka was conceived in Tahiti, but carried by Pele in the form of an egg to Hawaiʻi, until born here in Puna. From this, she earned her full name, Hiʻiaka-i-ka-poli-o-Pele: "Hiʻiaka in the bosom of Pele". Hiʻiaka was Pele's youngest and favorite sister, as well as the patron goddess of Hawaiʻi, hula dancers, chant, sorcery and medicine.

    This design depicts the many aspects of Puna, home of Pele with the fragrance of the hala and lehua in the winds and the ongoing battle between the lava and the sea. inspired by a ‘ōlelo no‘eau about the Puna district. ” Hune one o Paia‘ala, ‘Āina Kilohana a ka Wahine,” which translates to, “The sands of Paia‘ala, now a revered prize land of Pele.”

    Our Nā Mākua Tank Tops feature our original Hi'iaka i ka poli o Pele design printed on the front our Nā Mākua Logo on the back collar. They are 100% pre-shrunk jersey cotton knit and are available in size Medium thru 3XL. # HPTTR

    M thru XL - $25.00 2X & 3X - $27.00
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    Kapa O Ke Kai Tank Top

    Kapa O Ke Kai - Kapa of the Sea.

    Our Nā Mākua Tanks feature our new Kapa O Ke Kai design printed on the front and back of the tank.They are 100% pre-shrunk jersey cotton knit and are available in size Medium thru 3XL. # KKTTG

    M thru XL - $25.00 2X & 3X - $27.00
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    Pai'ea Tank Top

    As an infant, Kamehameha the Great, son of high chief Keoua, was named Pai'ea, a type of hard-shelled crab. This crab lives and runs along the rocky shore with the ‘a‘ama, withstanding even the most dangerous of surf. The Pai'ea crab while not as active as the ‘a’ama relies on it's great strength and camouflage skills as well as it's extremely hard shell for protection. Pai'ea is also a term used for a fierce warrior or great athlete able to overcome great adversity.

    Our Nā Mākua tank tops feature our original Pai'ea design printed on the front and back of the shirt. They are 100% pre-shrunk jersey cotton knit and are available in size Medium thru 3XL. # PETTB

    M thru XL - $25.00 2X & 3X - $27.00
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    Mahiole Tank Top

    The Mahiole, woven of 'Ie'ie and covered with rare feathers were reserved exclusively for the use of the Ali‘i, symbolizing their chiefly divinity, rank and power. The construction of Mahiole required an incredible amount of labor and craftsmanship. Skilled trappers caught the birds by employing various techniques such as snaring their prey midair with nets, or using decoy birds to lure them onto branches coated with a sticky substance. They often harvested only a few feathers from each bird before releasing them back into the wild so they could produce more feathers. Skilled workers belonging to the aliʻi class crafted a framework of 'ie'ie and olonā as the foundation for the helmets & cloaks, onto which thousands of bundles of feathers were attached, creating powerful, bold designs.

    Our Nā Mākua tank tops feature our new Mahiole design printed on the front and back of the shirt. They are 100% pre-shrunk jersey cotton knit and are available in size Medium thru 3XL. # MH2TTB

    M thru XL - $25.00 2X & 3X - $27.00
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    Leiomano Niuhi Tank Top

    Hawaiian shark tooth dagger with Great White shark teeth. The Leiomano is a shark-toothed club that was used by various Polynesian cultures, but mostly by native Hawaiians. Although usually adorned with Tiger Shark Teeth, this example uses the teeth of the rare "Niuhi-Maneater" or Great White Shark seldom found in our waters. Leiomano is a word in the Hawaiian language derived from lei o manō, which means "a shark's lei." Our tank tops feature our original Leiomano Niuhi design printed on the front and back of the shirt. They are 100% pre-shrunk jersey cotton knit and are available in size Medium thru 3XL. # LNTTB

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    Aku Tank Top

    The Aku is perhaps the most delicious eating fish. Hawaiians ate the whole fish, from the head to the tail, eating it raw, dried, or cooked in an imu. Aku is a stout fish two to two and a half feet long, deep blue with deeper blue stripes. One of the best known traditional stories is that of the coming to Hawaii of Paʻao, a chief of “Kahiki.” He quarreled with his brother, Lonopele, who, by supernatural powers, sent storms after Paʻao. But a school of aku appeared, “and rose to the surface with a roaring sound,” and by swimming about calmed the water. Lonopele brought on a second storm which threatened to swamp the canoes, and again a school of fish appeared in response to prayers of Paʻao, this time the ʻopelu fish and the waters were made smooth again, and so Paʻao and his company arrived in Hawaii. To honor these two fish they were made kapu to Paʻao and his company, as well as kapu to all Hawaiians for a few months each year. The kapu protected these fish from overfishing and from being killed during their spawning seasons insuring their survival. Our tank tops feature our original Aku design printed on the front and back of the shirt. They are 100% pre-shrunk jersey cotton knit and are available in size Medium thru 3XL. # AKTTN

    M thru XL - $25.00 2X & 3X - $27.00
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    Kalo Tank Top

    The life of Kanaka Maoli is tied closely with kalo. Kalo is believed to have the greatest life force of all foods. According to the Kumulipo, the creation chant, kalo grew from the first-born son of Wakea (sky father) and Papa (earth mother), through Wakea's relationship with his daughter, Ho`ohokulani. Together they birthed a son named Haloanakalaukapalili, who was stillborn. He was buried and out of his body grew the kalo plant. They then had another son, healthy and strong, and he was also called Haloa, the namesake of his older brother. Haloa tended to his older brother, and the kalo grew abundantly. By Haloa's hand, the land became fertile. He was the first Hawaiian of whom all Hawaiian people are descended from. Our tank tops feature our original Mauna Kea design printed on the front and back of the shirt. They are 100% pre-shrunk jersey cotton knit and are available in size Medium thru 3XL. # KOTTW

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    Mauna Kea Tank Top

    'O MAUNAKEA, KUAHIWI, KŪ HA'O I KA MĀLIE • Mauna Kea, Standing alone in the calm Our tank tops feature our original Mauna Kea design printed on the front and back of the shirt. They are 100% pre-shrunk jersey cotton knit and are available in size Medium thru 3XL. # MKTTB

    M thru XL - $25.00 2X & 3X - $27.00
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    Mahiole Tank Top

    The Mahiole, woven of 'Ie'ie and covered with rare feathers was a symbol of royalty for the Ali'i along with the feather cloaks.

    Our tank tops feature our original Mahiole design printed on the front and back of the shirt. They are 100% pre-shrunk jersey cotton knit and are available in size Medium thru 3XL. # MHTTB

    M thru XL - $25.00 2XL & 3XL - $27.00
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    Kanaloa Tank Top

    The He'e or octopus is believed to be one of the kinolau of the Hawaiian god of the sea, Kanaloa. The He'e is probably the most intelligent of all invertabrates and have been shown to have the ability to learn from experience. They feed on crustaceans (shrimp, lobsters, crabs) and mollusks (primarily cowry snails). Their dens are often recognized by the pile of broken crab and snail shells found just outside the entrance. Early Hawaiians also relished he'e and captured them either by spearing or by using lures made of a large cowry shell lashed onto a hook called Lu He'e, attracting the he'e with the movements of the lure.

    Our tank tops feature our original Kanaloa design printed on the front and back of the shirt. They are 100% pre-shrunk jersey cotton knit and are available in size Medium thru 3XL. # KNTTR

    S thru XL - $25.00 2XL & 3XL - $27.00
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