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Merrie Monarch 2013…


















Hot Hawaiian Nights…

Spotted Siaosi rockin the FITTED x Paiea Projects HILO Jersey on Hot Hawaiian Nights.

No Stone Unturned…

The moʻolelo of the FITTED x Paiea Projects HILO Jersey
(Releasing Saturday, September 10 at FITTED)

Today we live in a modern world where facts are only proven by science, and truths are only believed when witnessed. We don’t believe in the unseen and miracles are mere coincidences. How then, do we connect to the mo’olelo of our kūpuna? Days of mo’o as big as houses, of kupua that turn into fish, of Maui slowing the sun and of Pele creating land. If one were to sit down and read all the mo’olelo Hawai’i with today’s beliefs on what is true and what is possible, they would seem to be a long list of “fairy tales.” But to those of us who believe in these mo’olelo as our history and truth, the stories give valuable insight to the life of our kūpuna, their values, and their belief systems.

Based on many events that can only be described as kupaianaha, we chose to tell the story of the Naha stone. It is a story that connects two worlds, one of the unbelievable and one of real fact. It is a fact that the 5,000 lb Naha stone now resides in Hilo, Hawai’i at the public library. It is there, living, resting and real. Anyone can go visit the large, magnificent pōhaku and rationalize that no man could ever lift it.

It is said that the Naha Stone could determine if a child was of the royal blood of the Naha rank. Newborns of the Naha line were placed on the stone and a ceremony was enacted. If the child was silent, he was of true Naha descent, a royal prince destined for greatness. If the child cried, he would be thrust among the commoners and his life filled with shame.

Another ancient prophecy says that only chiefs of Naha blood could violate the sanctity of the stone by moving it, and he who moved it would conquer all the islands. Kamehameha was not of Naha descent, he was a Nī’aupi’o. Had he failed it would have resulted in death.

Thou hast spoken the truth indeed, for I have come to try and move the Naha Stone, for by that symbol I shall attain success and live, or shall meet that which will bare my bones.

So goes the story of how Kamehameha overturned the stone, and went on to unify the islands.

Original Image by Dietrich Varez

However, a different moʻolelo gives insight to another account of the history of this sacred stone. An oral tradition speaks of the stone actually being a man named Naha, a family ancestor. It is said that Naha was a kanaka hume malo (loincloth binder), responsible for dressing aliʻi (royalty). This was a sacred job reserved for families of the aliʻi, for the malo (loincloth) contained the mana (power) of the man who wore it. In an unsucessful attempt to take the aliʻi’s malo and assume power, Naha was caught, and as punishment turned to stone.

Until today the ‘ohana that shared this mo’olelo continues to care for this famous stone at Hilo Public Library, as their kupuna have done. For them, this is not just a tale, it is an account of their family’s history that lives on til this day. With this FITTED x Paiea Projects Hilo jersey, we hope to honor the Naha ‘ohana, Kamehameha the Great, Hilo Hanakahi and all the precious mo’olelo that have survived because of our kūpuna. Mahalo nō!

Mahalo to Kuhaʻo and Malani for showing us the ropes in Hilo!

A Week in Hilo…

I spent the last week hanging out in Hilo. Learned a few things, tried a few new drinks, ate some amazing food, met some really cool people, and was finally introduced to my uncle Alex Apo at his 80th surprise birthday party.

Kuhao introduced us to “Grenades” at Margarita Village. Its a Jager Bomb with a 151 pin. All started a few years ago. Apparently “some regular” drank so often that only Bacardi 151 got him drunk. So one night they where taking shots but ran out of shot glasses. Being nursing students, they went back to the car and returned with test tubes. They then added 151 filled test tubes to hold the Jager Shot in a glass of Red Bull. Basically you pull the pin… shoot the 151, the Jager shot drops in the glass and then you chug the bomb. Thus, you have a “grenade.”

Splurged on a few meals at Seaside Restaurant and Hilo Bay Cafe, definitely worth checking out if your in the area.

Hilo Hawaiian sunset & bottle service

Played beer pong at Kuhao’s where after winning 3 in a row in teams I ended up getting skunked and banished under the table as the Troll of Keaukaha. I was a good sport.

Sunday was the surprise party for Uncle Alex’s 80th birthday. Alex Apo was one of the original Waikiki Beach Boys. He was the guy that paved the way for generations of beach boys to follow. An incredibly humble man, he is respected by all and praised as one of the best watermen around. Many of his fellow beach boys flew up to reminisce and celebrate his special day. Even Kamehameha Schools President Dr. Chun flew in for the occasion.

Panaewa homestead is a beautiful place. They raise pigs, chickens, sheep and cows on the 12 acre lot. On top of that, Alex grows Haliconias and Shane Kalaniopio farms Maile.Hows the Koa

The Kemas… Alex’s mom and my grandpa are brother and sister.

Mahalo to the Bumatay and Kalaniopio ‘Ohanas for the wonderful hospitality at their Panaewa homestead.

Big Up to da Big Island…

Week 1: Palm Trees, Ulu picking, Alaia surfing @ Po’ohiki, randoms, Omoka’a (Miloli’i). Mahalo uncle Sam!








Week 2: Awawaloa waterfall, 4 wheeling in Papa’ikou, Tako breath, Contrast interview, Uncle Sig & Kuhao Zane.