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2022 We were able to resume this wonderful event!

Kuleana is one of those multidimensional Hawaiian concepts which can boil down to single words but the word alone is insufficient. Words like “responsibility, privilege, jurisdiction, right” appear. However, in ancient times it was a plot of land given to an individual/family to cultivate with the expectation that if famine struck they would share the yield with the greater community to help everyone survive.

Thus my rendition in a loose depiction below:
Kalo/Taro- the legendary “older brother” to the
hawaiian people. EVERY part of the plant has a
food or medicinial use. They take care of kalo and
it helps them daily life.
Caretaker -(Marquesian style) Listening and comprehending ears,
calm eyes, moving with purpose the caretaker continues the
traditions, even if they aren’t from the direct generational line.
People/ A‘a Enana- Note that the Caretaker’s effects ripple through the community like a wet kalo patch.
Lauhala- caring for, family unity, armor, can also be shark teeth
attacking or defending depending on which side is emphasized.
Centipede- Dual meanings: Tava: vertical- generations of a
particular tribe or family vs Vei: horizontal a martial application
of a group inflicting pain as one quickly and quietly, thus the blur
between the two as we are a lineage of martial artists.
Hoka- ancestoral deities flow of mana... courage.
Kotipi- (Marquesan style) giver of life, the sun, designed to be
near the heart on the back of the t-shirt

I’ll be the first to admit I lean a little Maori with curving of the designs rather than the straight geometric patterns which follow the curve of the body in traditional Hawaiian work. This does change the meaning here and there and it’s worth being honest about. I also acknowledge that Danzan Ryu holds elements of Hawaiian, without being born and bred Hawaiian like lua or hula. Thus the nondescript caretaker is on the side, taking actions to help things along and make positive changes for the greater community.

This t-shirt is everything you've dreamed of and more. It feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and flattering for all.

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz/yd² (142 g/m²)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Side-seamed construction
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Blank product sourced from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, or the US

This product is made especially for you as soon as you place an order, which is why it takes us a bit longer to deliver it to you. Making products on demand instead of in bulk helps reduce overproduction, so thank you for making thoughtful purchasing decisions!

Kuleana Theme T-Shirt (Year 4 that happened)

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