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FITTED + PAI‘EA PROJECTS: MĀNOA (ALI‘I) PACK

Once again it’s on with the release of the Fitted + Pai‘ea Projects Mānoa (Ali‘i) Pack on Saturday, Sept. 28. This is the first drop of a two-part collection themed Mānoa Ali‘i, Mānoa Kānaka (Mānoa of the Chiefs, Mānoa of the Commoners).

I ka wā kahiko (ancient times) an imaginary line was drawn from Puʻu o Mānoa (Rocky Hill) above Punahou School to the low, green hill, Puʻu Luahine (in back of the Chinese cemetery), at the head of Mānoa Valley. The chiefs resided on the west side, the commoners on the east.

This limited-edition Fitted + Pai‘ea Project Mānoa Ali‘i collection features a 90’s throwback Bows’ basketball jersey and New Era 9FIFTY Rip-Stop Kamehameha Snapback. The #2 on the jersey signifies the division of the valley separating aliʻi and kānaka.

Hawaiian Historian John Papa ‘Ī‘ī writes that from the time of Kamehameha’s unification of the islands to the overthrow of the monarchy, many royals favored the lands of Mānoa. According to ‘Ī‘ī,  Pai‘ea (Kamehameha the Great) farmed ‘uala and resided part-time in Mānoa near ‘Ualaka‘a (Round Top).  The high winds of Round Top would dislodge the sweet potatoes growing here and they would come rolling down the hill, hence the name, ʻUalakaʻa. Pai‘ea grew ‘uala (sweet potato) for his invading army as well as foreigners because he knew this crop was desired by the haole.

As the Pulitzer-prize winning emcee Kendrick Lamar once put it, “the yam is the power that be!”

According to Haole Historian Thomas G. Thrum, one of Kamehameha’s hale was near Pu‘u Pueo just below ‘Ualaka‘a. Thrum theorizes that this location was chosen to enable Pai‘ea to look mauka and makai to the patches of ʻuala. Kamehameha’s wife, Queen Kaʻahumanu, also had a house in Mānoa Ali‘i called Puka‘ōma‘oma‘o (The House of Green Shuttered Windows). Like her husband. Kaʻahumanu chose the site because of the view. Puka‘ōma‘oma‘o allowed the queen to see any ships that were sailing to and from Honolulu. This site also provided security and privacy because she could see anybody walking up the Mānoa trail.

Let us remember that this land was inhabited by the Ali‘i, and honor Mānoa for being more than just Hawaiian ceded land where a university occupies.

Look Alive…

Holoholo Kiholo…

Last weekend we took a trip to Kiholo for Kema’s bachelor party, which wasn’t your typical BP; It was exclusively “da boys.” Nonetheless, it was an unforgettable trip, filled with fishing, surfing, bonfires, podagee horseshoes and a seemingly endless flow of beers. Mahalo to Jeff and Lissa for allowing us to enjoy all that Kiholo has to offer. Best wishes to Kema on the next chapter of his life with Ashley and baby Liv.

Photos by: Cuzzo

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Kendrick Live…

A hip-hop emcee in front of a live band creates such an authentic sound that I’ve been digging since The Roots Band and Jay-Z performed on MTV Unplugged years ago. In this performance, Kendrick shows he can do the damn thang as well.

The CXVPHER…

Skip errybody else. Straight to Shady.

Put on your yarmulke…

One of our best friends, Kamea Hadar (who happens to be Jewish), is getting married this weekend. Being the great sport that he is, he agreed to let us help him celebrate by making our 1st yarmulke (I just learned how to spell that). We would like to wish Kamea and Shanna the best in their future together as husband and wife. Now letʻs have a damn good time in Pupukea! MAZEL TOV!

A dish best served cold…

GIJAS…

Girl in Just a Shirt? Yes, please. Thank you.

Happy Halloween…

Mokoliʻi Paddle Classic…

Paddlers of all ages and skill levels are welcome at Kualoa Regional Park on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Race registration is now open for the Mokoli’i Paddle Classic to be held at the beautiful and historic Kualoa Regional Beach Park on June 22, 2013. For online registration and schedule click here: www.mokoliirace.com

Elite watermen and ocean enthusiast have the opportunity to race around historic Mokoli’i Island. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to overall (male and female) SUP, Paddleboard, and OC1 winners.

Design in motion…

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Coming soon…

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3/31/13…

Mele Kalikimaka from Moku O Keawe…

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Mahalo e Pauahi…

…Pai’ea Projects wouldn’t be here without your aloha. Hau’oli lā hānau!

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Golden Eagle? Hide your toddler…

Do you think this is real?

Sig Zane x Hurley Talk Story at Duke’s…

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Octagon…

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Roman Teanio visits BJ Penn while the former UFC champ trains for his upcoming fight against Rory MacDonald. Image by Kuha’o Zane.

Christmas tree inspiration…

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Kekupa’a…

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…rides Raynor surfboards.

Banksy was here?…

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Is the unidentified, street artist from the UK in Los Angeles, Calif. right now? Imposter biting his steeze? Who knows for sure? Banksy knows, that’s who. For sure.

Hana…

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Patch…

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Wai Side…

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