Pareu | Pewa - Yellow & Red
A collaborative design with Hawaiʻi's own, Fitted | Hawaiian Made Projects
100% cotton | ʻĀina-friendly | Designed in Hawaiʻi | Made in the USA | Dimensions: 70" long x 44" wide
Once flawed and weakened, now beautiful and strong. Once cracked and broken, now whole and restored. Used to mend bowls, paddles, canoes, gourds, and more, pewa and other types of patches hoʻoikaika (increase structural integrity) and elevate aesthetic appeal. Rather than casting important items aside, we repair them, continue to use and love them, then pass them on to the next generation. Another hoʻoilina of our kūpuna is hoʻoikaika on the mental and spiritual planes. Thus, kanaka potentials are fully realized when spiritual strength and intellectual prowess meet grit and sweat equity. Kamehameha I developed mass scale agriculture throughout Nuʻuanu after his last battle there. Thousands of people worked on these highly organized farming projects. Restoring the health and well being of the makaʻāinana was achieved through food production and sound governance. Building and repairing certain pilina (relationships) likely played a role in helping people to work together for the collective good. Like our ancestors before us, we overcome crises by working together and actively sharing knowledge and resources. We fortify our perspectives and innovate our approaches. We mend physically and strive mentally to keep moving forward. E hoʻoikaika mau!