Mano Kiai | Boyfriend tee - orange
100% Organic cotton | Boyfriend tee | Cuffed with embroidered shark tooth | Designed in Hawaiʻi nei | Made in the USA
Loose fitting boxy tee
Remembering our place in the order of things is important, yet seems increasingly difficult for humans. Animals like mano (sharks) remind us how powerless we are when we enter their aqueous realm. There are mano who protect (mano kiai and mano alii) and mano who harm (mano ai kanaka - sharks that eat people). Each aina had its own mano kiai whose job was to protect the people from other manō entering those waters seeking to prey on them or cause trouble. Some mano kiai were aumakua (guardians) who were cared for daily by a family member, like Kaahupahau, defender of Puuloa. Protectors versus predators is also one of the undeniable dynamics of the human experience. There have always been those who perpetuate violence and harm (whether physical, emotional, or spiritual) and those who seek to protect people and places from it. Kahalaopuna, the beauty from the Kahaukani wind and the Tuahine rain of Manoa, died by the abusive hand of her kane, Kauhi, who then took on the form of a mano ai kanaka. During her lifetime, she was a very skilled surfer who frequented the shores of Kou. When you surf Kalehuawehe, envision Kahalaopuna out in the lineup, upstaging Kauhi and Oahu chief Kakuhihewa as she expertly rides the best wave of the day without wetting her lei of lehua and ilima (he kaeaea pulu ole no). Also recall the mano kiai who have defended that very break, like Kaahupahau, Kahiuka and Kaehuikimanopuuloa (his story on the Hawaiian language version of this tag - see below).