Design

The Kamehameha Surf Team Pack designed by Pai‘ea Projects x Fitted Hawai‘i drops tomorrow…

For Pai‘ea Projects designing this year’s Kamehameha Surf Team pack–a neoprene New Era snapback and “The Great” tee, which drops tomorrow at Fitted– is a homecoming. Earlier this summer, the three founders of this kanaka maoli-owned brand, celebrated our 15-year class reunion at Kamehameha Kapālama, where we all met and became friends. As students we competed on the Kamehameha Surf Team, and despite having some talented surfers on our team we could not win a National Scholastic of Surfing Association (NSSA) team title.

So as alumni and perpetual teammates, Pai‘ea Projects was honored to collaborate with our boys at Fitted Hawai‘i on this collection. This pack celebrates the Kamehameha Surf Team’s 2013-14 NSSA National Interscholastic Team title that they earned this past summer in California. The squad comprised of native Hawaiian student-athletes from Kamehameha Kapālama and Maui campuses was the only team from the islands, competing against 16 schools from North America. This was the first time in NSSA history that a team made up entirely of kanaka maoli surfers won the NSSA National Interscholastic Championship title. Led by Imaikalani DeVault, 16, and Cayla Moore, 17, the Kamehameha Surf Team narrowly beat San Clemente High 110-107, as a result ending the Orange County school’s four-year reign as national champs.

Their win was a shared victory with all of us that view he‘e nalu as a cultural practice and a sport that deserves recognition from the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association. Furthermore, we at Pai‘ea Projects feel a lot of pride and appreciation for the educational opportunities that was given to us graciously by Kamehameha Schools’ founder, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Without her generosity, we probably wouldn’t be here sharing Hawaiian culture through various Pai‘ea Projects.

As a brand we came together in 2008 to march against Governor Linda Lingle and Attorney General Mark Bennett and the State of Hawai‘is right to sell Hawaiian Ceded Land. Our first products were red t-shirts for the rally in Waikīkī that were spray-painted with the credo “IMPEACH LINGLE.” Since then, Pai‘ea Projects has grown more than we imagined and our ability to share our culture with the world through clothing and collaboration has been a blessing.

“The Great Tee” is the first t-shirt design that Pai‘ea Projects is releasing to the public and we are so stoked for it to be paired with a Fitted Hawai‘i Kam neoprene snapback. Mahalo to Kamehameha Surf Team Captain Charlie Akao, who is a senior at the Kapālama campus, for being an awesome leader and model for this shoot at Kewalos. On any given day, from October to June, you may see Charlie and the team practicing to defend their five-year undefeated record in Hawai‘i and national championship at this South Shore spot. I mua Kamehameha…

Coming soon…


A sneak peak of a project we’ve been working on with Fitted for the “home team.” You’ll see what we mean next month.

Paiko Hawaii…

Paiko Hawaii in Kaka’ako is the perfect place to take your significant other on a quick and fun date. Last night my girlfriend surprised me and signed us up for one of their “succulent workshops.” Walking into the store for the first time I was a little skeptical if i’d enjoy myself, but once I got my hands dirty I really got into it. I felt like Mr. Miyagi perfecting his bonsai as I meticulously crafted my succulent masterpiece. Check out their website at paikohawaii.com for more information on upcoming workshops.









Kapa…

I had the privilege to shoot some studio portraits for Halau O Kekuhi during their recent performance of Hi’iakaikano’eau at the Maui Arts & Culture Center. It was an incredible performance to witness and even more special was the chance to document this historic part of Hawaiian Culture as the first time Kapa was worn in a theatrical hula performance.

The malo Ulu is wearing was created by Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond (pictured below). It is an 18ft kapa piece she made as a replica of older malo she had seen at the Bishop Museum.




Aloha Friday…

Did a quick little photo shoot with @helloashereee in Chinatown yesterday | Canon 50mm 1.2L x 5dmkII




ʻOhana by Hawaiian…

KZ sent us these photos from last Friday when both he and his dad finally got to see (and kiss) their ʻOhana Plane. 3 planes have been completed thus far, and based on the video below, I can see why the painting process takes so long. I canʻt wait to ride on this Sig Zane Designs creation, got my pole ready for Molokaʻi! Oh, and nice shirt btw Kuhao!





#KZX10 Recap…

Kuha’o Zane celebrated a decade of designing t-shirts, textiles and identities for Sig Zane Designs in Hilo this past weekend with an art exhibit and auction in Hilo titled, “10 X 10 X 10.” All of the proceeds from the event, which was held at the Sig Zane shop, benefitted the Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation. Although “10 X 10 X 10” was a fundraiser, it was more a retrospective look at the evolution of KZ’s designs and precursor to his 31st birthday weekend.

Brandy Serikaku & Kamea Hadar painting on their collaborative pieces for the event. KZ digitally created the 45″X24″ stretched canvases with Kamea and Brandy contributing their artistic interpretations.

Brandy has been working with Sig Zane Designs/SZ Kaio for the past seven years as the design department director and is KZ’s right-hand wahine in the office.

Pow Wow Hawai‘i Co-Lead Director Kamea Hadar flew over from Oahu to contribute to “10 X 10 X 10.”

1001 Stories’ Oz & John flew over to film and hang out… oh and they brought that MB guy, too…Pffft.

These t-shirts tell a color story of Kuha‘o’s t-shirt designs over the past 10 years.

– 7pm Pahtey time! Live auction started at $500 a piece and quickly climbed. Aloha Mondays served up ono pupus for everyone while WAIOLA LIFE, Kona Brew & Kadota Liquors kept everyone hydrated… and then dehydrated.

Ed Olson and Lori Kai checkout the bids.

Why you so gangsta, El? Kaina, Sig, Isaac and Daniel wonder…

Kahina Perkins, Jun Hasegawa and Iris Huddy stay cruising.

Hawaiians! Matt Kema and Cliff Kapono.

Uncle Bobo, Aunty Pili, Cousin Haunani and Aunty Nalani: the whole crew.

That guy: Matt Bruening.

A lot of talented designers have worked in the Sig Zane office over the years: Brandy Serikaku, Kuha‘o, Cody Welsh and Keana Madden.

Kamea killed it with his image of Kuha‘o’s mom, Nalani Kanaka‘ole, on his collaborative Hilo Braid piece.

Brandy’s Na Haumana piece and its proud new owner Logan Ioane-Carvalho.

– All Pau, relocate em to MV’s with grenades for all!

“It’s our party we can do what we want (no drama)…”

Couldn’t bring the Veuve bottle so had to drink em from a pitcher?

Honolulu fashionistas came for party, too! What’s good, Pineapple Ice?!

In Spanish El Bula means “The Bula.” In Hilo, this is a picture of El and Bula.

#YKNWWS

Through His Lens…

Sig shared this awesome video of Rob Machadoʻs Through His Lens series which they filmed during a week together in Hilo. Canʻt wait to see the finished product!

Sig Zane for HECO…

We are stoked and proud of our Hilo ʻohana for designing the new Hawaiian Electric logo. Here is a video explanation of the design.

Ito Dreams of Musubi…

Japanese rice ball technology from Anna Fujishige on Vimeo.

I can’t wait to go to Japan this month and try this for myself…

HNL Night Market Fashion Show…

Kaiser Nonales put together this video of Saturdayʻs HNL Night Martket fashion show featuring clothing from FITTED, Sig Zane, Stussy HNL, Illest, HRD LCK, and Sons of Trade bags.

Time Lapse…

Kaimana Beachwear…

#BacardiPoolParty Kaimana Beachwear Fashion Show…

Queen Kapiolani Hotel Waikiki was host to the latest #BacardiPoolParty this past Memorial Day Weekend. Kaimana Beachwear models entertained the crowd with a poolside fashionshow showcasing their latest designs. Babes, bikinis, beers & Bacardi… what more could you ask for on a Monday afternoon?


Jon “Bones” Jones…


The reigning UFC Lightweight Champ‘s Nike Free Trainer sold out in a couple of days, which was Nike’s first MMA athlete’s signature shoe release. Jones also gave Sonnen an ass-whooping

Van Styles x Primitive…

Photographer Van Styles and Primitive present their full video for the upcoming MIA/LA collaboration featuring apparel and skate decks and our favorite, Ashley Sky.

mahalo KZ for the vid link

Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai…

Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai honors both Luka and Edith! Luka and Edith Kanakaole instilled the passion and the kuleana in their children to carry forth traditions. Evident in the second and third generation, their teachings live on today.

As one of her most well-known compositions, Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai, was first performed by the men in 1976 at MM where they wore lei limu. They took first place. This design applauds and celebrates hula in this 50th anniversary year and recognizes the famous composition by Aunty Edith Kanakaole.

Luka and Edith Kanakaole instilled the passion and the kuleana in their children to carry forth traditions. Evident in the second and third generation, their teachings live on today. The ‘Maka Upena’ is the actual hand-cut version of Grandpa Luka’s block print that he made for the halau in the early 1970s.

The lipoa and the ocean current (ke au kaha) brings light on the lyrics to Grandma’s most popular song. The smell of the lipoa seaweed on the beaches was a memorable aspect of driving from Kaneohe to Laie. Aunty Edith Kanakaole penned this song on one of her trips to the Temple. Aunty participated in the competition with her own school, the Halau O Kekuhi.

#MM50HILO #repostsigzane.com

Pow Wow Shades…

Knockaround x Pow Wow Hawaii 2013 from Ace Moyer on Vimeo.

Gun Control?…

Time machine…

Pow Wow Hawai’i Block Party…

ʻOhana by Hawaiian Airlines…

Congratulations to Sig Zane Designs for this amazing project with Hawaiian Airlines. Who else in Hawaiʻi would design a plane…Seriously?

Fitted x Pow Wow…


Getting psyched for Pow Wow 2013! Weʻre stoked to have been able to help push this Fitted x Pow Wow collaboration and support Hawaiiʻs local artists.

Designed by DONDA…


Kanye West’s DONDA Design’s released the cover art for Lil Wayne’s upcoming album, “I Am Not a Human Being 2.” Supposedly this is Weezy’s second to the last album, ever. Apparently, he has plans to release this record and then “The Carter V.” But rappers love to retire and come back in a year. So who knows if this is the penultimate full-length album from Lil Wayne, or a marketing tool to drive record sales. The minimalistic cover design is dope nonetheless.