This Kālaʻe Long Wallet features our Hōʻīnana print on Navy fabric with Green Tea and Mango ink.
The students of Kanu O Ka ʻĀina Charter School in Waimea asked for a design for their graduating class of 2018. After our meeting, I realized they were a class of strong individuals who would not let their circumstances stop them from achieving and being the best they could be.
Honoring the rain and warrior spirit of Waimea, Brandy used the ihe artwork to create the Kīpuʻupuʻu rain pattern. In our design meetings with the class, they chose the ʻōhiʻa lehua as their main element. However instead of one tree or blossom, we chose a forest of ʻōhiʻa to represent the class as a new chapter of their growth. The two elements represent the relationship between this class and their hometown, and a new responsibility to return and nourish Waimea.
The name Hōʻīnana refers to a process. Like a seed that becomes a plant when it starts to grow. Similar to a new lava flow, covering old land, but soon blossoms with new life. The students graduate and become adults in our community. The process continues!
Hand-cut and sewn one-at-a-time, our leather wallets are made by Hiro in the outskirts of Tokyo. The leather is split and shaved in Japan so it becomes lightweight. Our printed poplin fabric is then sewn together to create our Kālaʻe wallets.
Measurements are approximately 7.5" long X 4" tall X 1" wide.