Mana'o behind our prints
We hand carve each 'ohe kapala (bamboo stamp) and combine various designs to create our patterns. The patterns are inspired by the natural wonder of our aina (land) from mauka (mountain) to makai (sea).
Wana (urchin) ~ this pattern is a variation of the classic sea urchin and fishnet design. The traditional wana pattern can be found on many of the ancient Hawaiian kapa.
Kanaloa (God of the sea)~ Kanaloa is the ancient deity of all life forms of the sea. This pattern was inspired by the vast sea life found here in the Hawaiian waters. For this pattern, we feature our classic urchin and coral 'ohe kapala designs.
Wao Nahele (inland forest) ~ Wao Nahele is inspired by the lush forests here on the islands. This pattern represents the vast plant life and the mountains where these forests thrive, with the warmth of the sun by day and the coolness of the night under the evening stars.
Māhiehie (delightful shimmer) ~ This pattern is inspired by the shimmer created by the sun or moonlight's dance upon the ocean's surface.
Makali'i (seven stars) ~ Makali'i is a cluster of stars known as the Pleiades star system, mostly visible in November. This pattern was inspired by the starry skies and mountain silhouettes seen here at night.