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Inspired by Hinaulu’ohi’a, the goddess of the ‘ohi’a lehua forest. Her name translates as, Hina the growing ‘ohi'a tree. The ‘ohi'a lehua represents both male & female elements. It is also the kinolau of Kuka’ohi'alaka, the male deity of hula. The lehua is featured throughout the print to honor its ties to hula as it was originally designed in 2012 and made its debut at the 50th Anniversary of the Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair. He ho'ohanohano keia i na lehua hiwahiwa o ko'u 'ohana. "He pua wehiwa, he pua mae'ole" (A choice flower, a flower that never fades) ❤Kananiokeanuenueokalani

Hinauluohi'a

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Wahinenohomauna

A beautiful delicate fern endemic to Hawai’i. Found in high elevation rainforest. Its inoa (name) is a literal translation, meaning mountain dwelling woman. We present this updated collection of Wahine noho mauna with a slightly different look than our first. This shadow overlay represents all the wahine aiwaiwa who came before us. All of our kupuna who dwell in the mist of our mauna.

 

Me ka ha’aha’a,

Kananiokeanuenueokalani


Ho’i ke Aloha i Kalauao

This collection pays tribute to Kalauao, the ahupua’a that Pearlridge resides in, the new home of Hina.

 Reminiscing of many years spent in Kalauao, the phrase Ho’i i ka piko came to mind. A term often used to describe returning to the source. This design reflects my return to Kalauao, a place very special to me. A place I am grateful to return to.

 

Ho’i ke aloha i kalauao. My aloha returns to Kalauao.

With much love and respect, this collection pays tribute to this Ewa moku.

 

Me ka ha’aha’a,

Kananiokeanuenueokalani

Pa'uohi'iaka 

Pa’uohi’iaka is a native beach vine, with delicate light blue or white star-shaped flowers and oval leaves.

 

Pele loved to surf. Some of her favorite places to surf, as told by my kupuna, were at Ka’ena and Pua’ena on O’ahu’s North Shore. As the mo’olelo goes, Pele the older sister of Hi’iaka returned from a long day of surfing to find Hi’iaka asleep on the beach, covered by this vine. It is said that Pa’uohi’iaka had grown over Hi’iaka to protect her from the sun. Thus, earning the name Pa’u o Hi’iaka, “Skirt of Hi’iaka.”

 

Kahelelani 

Mahalo a'e au i ka nani

o ku'u lei pupu poina'ole

I kui 'ia me ka nui no'eau

I wehi ho'ohie no ku'u kino

A beautiful mele written by Mary  Kawena Puku'i in 1952, shares how she admired the beauty of her unforgettable shell lei. This lei pupu was strung together with great skill into an ornament for her to wear. 

We honor the elegant beauty of pupu Ni'ihau and the intricate work put into making these exquisite lei. Kahelelani is the name of this collection, for it is the most rare and prized pupu o Ni'ihau. 

KuHina Collection