This bomber-style jacket encompasses the resistance to further desecration of not only the sacred Mauna a Wākea, but also the Hawaiian culture.
The back of the jacket features an image of a traditional Hawaiian leiomanō (shark-toothed weapon) “knuckle duster” with an image of Mauna a Wākea (Mauna Kea) filling the negative space in its center. Attached to the leiomanō is a plant-fiber cord, traditionally tied multiple times around the wrist or arm of a Hawaiian warrior to ensure the weapon is not lost in battle. This cord comes down to form the shape of a water drop, as water drips and splashes from the cord itself. The entire image is intended to symbolize the Hawaiian people’s relentless defense of Mauna a Wākea, home not only to the gods and endangered endemic species, but also to the principal aquifer of the island. Fresh, clean water IS life. Life is sacred.
The front left panel features “Kū Kiaʻi Mauna!”, meaning “Rise up, mountain guardians!” in the Hawaiian language, in front of two crossed pūloʻuloʻu, or “kapu sticks”, comprised of hardwood spears or staff wrapped in white kapa (bark cloth). The crossed pūloʻuloʻu is a symbol of “kapu” in the Hawaiian culture, signifying that what lies behind those crossed sticks is sacred and therefore forbidden. Behind the pūloʻuloʻu is the symbol of defense of Mauna a Wākea featured on the back.
The sleeves feature a single pūloʻuloʻu from the elbow to the wrist, allowing the wearer to cross arms and create a symbol of kapu - of the defense of what is sacred to the Hawaiian people and culture.
- Materials: 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex
- Dual-layer insulation, medium-weight
- Ring zipper
- 2 front pockets
- Elastic cuffs and waistband for secure fit
A large portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kahea to support nā kiaʻi mauna in their efforts!