Aloha from Hilo!
Fresh from our travels to the South Pacific, we unveil our newest collaboration with our Hurley friends. Mai Kahiki celebrates the inspiring stories of Tahiti and the emotional bond we have as Pacific cousins!
The art connects us culturally with our life style!
Celebrate with us and go catch some waves!
MAI KAHIKI MAI
The chant speaks of the great canoes traversing the ocean from Tahiti to Hawaii. From Bora Bora, riding the waves under ominous heavens, the canoes bring our people and gods to their new home here in Hawaii.
The bamboo stamp designs etch the words of the archaic chants, retelling the story of our ancestors and their origins. The braided rope connects us to our motherland.
Cordage held the great canoes together. Metaphorically it represents the binding of families from Tahiti and Hawaii. We share DNA and together we celebrate family.
The coconut is a symbol of life! When a child is born, a coconut tree is planted, insuring that there will always be food for him. The trunk was used in making pahu drums and the coconut shells made into apu used in drinking awa. A strong cordage was made from the husk fibers. Every part of the tree was valuable to the Hawaiian!
The life-giving coconut is an ancestor from Tahiti. He was a super-natural being, changing from eel to handsome man to coconut tree. The myth, told by our elders, connects us to the islands where chants speak of our origins.
The thatched fronds are used for mats, shade, and hats. Swaying in the breeze, famous sayings speak of the beckoning of the trees and the peace in its shade. Fluttering in the gentle winds, the fronds appear like feathers, softly moving in the heavens.
Come by for our early release of the "Mai Kahiki" Sig Zane For Hurley Capsule. This Friday 10/14/16 at our @SigOnSmith location and on 10/22/16 at our Hilo Shop!
See you soon!!