Kāwili Ties

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My Dad wore a tie every day. He and my uncles dressed in a suit and tie for their daily work. Back in the 50s before statehood, I remember everyone dressed formally!

I learned to wear a tie from my Dad. He taught me how when I had an interview for my first job. Luckily, I got that job! Ties have a special memory in my heart so when we started making ties, I would think of my Dad.

For Father’s Day 2017, we thought it would be cool to offer a limited edition in select prints and colors. The Ulunui design is classic and should be the perfect image when dressing up for the next important meeting! The Uluwehi O Ke Kai print looks so good in between a classic suit! Our Kalaukoa was a definite just because we wanted to instill strength and bravery when worn.

Happy Father's Day!

Ulunui: This is the very first of the ulu designs. It was one of the five cuts I had initially chosen to be taken to Honolulu to be printed in bulk. Back in 1987, life was quite simple.  There was no big meaning for why things were done.  In that simple nature, because the breadfruit was so big, it was called ulunui.  Nalani's sister's name is Ulunuiokamamalu; we often give reference to her as Ulunui, or Big Ulu. This print is indeed a part of her legacy.

Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai: Aunty Edith Kanakaole penned this mele during one of her trips to the Temple in La'ie.  The smell of the lipoa seaweed on the beaches was a memorable aspect of the drive from Kane'ohe to La'ie.  The love of limu and its many characteristics is an important part of life on an island.  Elements of a life spent near the ocean show up in this design that depicts the lipoa, ocean currents, kupe'e, and the eyes of a fishnet.

Kalaukoa: The koa tree is the giant of the forest, a symbol of strength. Its wood, highly esteemed for its distinct grain and color, is placed on hula altars. The name of this design recognizes the Hawaiian tradition of passing family names from generation to generation. In this case, the family is from North Kohala on the Big Island of Hawai'i, and this name has been in use for several generations. There is a Hawaiian saying: "If you want to plan for one year, plant kalo (taro). If you want to plan for 10 years, plant koa. If you want to plan for 100 years, teach the children." 

All ties are handmade in Hilo. Print placement will vary from tie to tie, making each one unique.

Collections: Accessories, Kāwili Ties, Men

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33-35 in 

85-89 cm 

36-38 in

97-97 cm 

39-41 in

99-104 cm 

42-44 in

107-112 cm 

45-47 in

114-119 cm 

49-51 in

124-130 cm 

52-55 in

132-140 cm 

Women  XXS  XS  S  M  L  XL  2XL  3XL

34.5 in

88 cm 

35.5 in

90 cm 

36.5 in

93 cm

38 in

97 cm 

39 in

99 cm 

40.5 in

103 cm

42.5 in

108 cm 

44.5 in

113 cm 


26.5 in

67 cm 

27.5 in 

70 cm 

28.5 in

72 cm 

30 in

76 cm 

31 in

79 cm 

32.5 in

83 cm 

34.5 in

88 cm 

36.5 in

93 cm 


39 in

99 cm 

40 in

102 cm 

41 in

104 cm 

42 in

107 cm 

43 in

109 cm 

44.5 in

113 cm 

46 in

117 cm 

48 in

122 cm