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…

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