Olopu | Tee - ALL SALES FINAL

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Organic cotton | Eco-friendly dye methods | Designed in Hawaii | Made in the USA

An old chant tells us that the snow of Maunakea was the water Wakea used when sharpening and polishing koi (adzes), the most important tool of the ancient Hawaiians, who created many types of them. A koi named Olopu was used to carve the canoes of Wakea and his people. It was a koi from antiquity that held in it the stories of distant ancestors and was passed down through the generations of chiefs. It was called a "koi nai aupuni", or "nation-building koi", befitting of Kamehameha Paiea, the chief who acquired it before uniting the islands under his rule. He established the foundation that his son, Kauikeaouli, built upon to secure the Hawaiian Kingdom with the help of his most trusted advisors. This kingdom and Hawaii's history were extensively documented in the Hawaiian language. Awaiaulu was created to facilitate an understanding of that language and history through the development of resources and resource people, tools and toolmakers, with the drive to make Hawaiian knowledge broadly accessible to all people of Hawaii. This knowledge is our modern koi nai aupuni, a tool that helps us actualize our desires, understand our kingdom and its intact sovereignty, and move forward in unity. Let us take the inspiration of Olopū and sharpen our koi; deepen our knowledge of the past as a foundation that allows people of today to thrive and future generations to flourish. To learn more about Awaiaulu, our Makamaka collaborators for 2019, visit their website: www.awaiaulu.org