MOʻOLELO: FITTED SLIPPAHS

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by

Aloha kākou!

Today’s Moʻolelo / #tbt is our official FITTED slippers which we released back in 2011. Every pair featured all black with printed tonal trilocks and FITTED with our crest in white on the straps.

DORA’S LEI STAND

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by

Today, we focus on lei making, it’s immediate association with Aloha, and the bona fide importance it has in our island’s culture. For those who visit our islands, it’s the very first thing many see when they arrive at Honolulu International Airport. You’re normally greeted with a lei and a heavy dose of Aloha. It’s the same when leaving the island, and 9 times out of 10, you’re leaving with a smile and sense of tranquility. Aunty Dora is one of the many lei fabricators still stringing together Aloha, and has been for the past 74 years.

[FITTED] What is your name, what do you do and how are you preserving our culture?

[Dora] Dora, I’m 88 years old and I make leis.  I’ve been selling leis since I was 14 at the Aloha Tower; from there we had a lei stand at the Keehi [Lagoon] Park. Then they moved us inside the airport and now we are here.

[F] How do you define Aloha, and why does it play such an important role?

[D] Aloha means a lot of things, usually Hello, Goodbye and Love.

[F] What is your favorite thing about living in Hawaii (restaurants, shopping, bars, recreational activities)?

[D] Oh! I’ve been here my whole life!  I just stay here at the lei stand now. I like the weather.

[F] When you think of Hawaii, what song comes to mind?

[D] Beautiful Kauai

[F] Do you have any words of wisdom?

[D] “Lei making will never be replaced by machines, they’ve tried, but didn’t work.”

VOLCANIC ROCK GYM

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by

With the development of Kaka‘ako underway, plans of tearing down structures and walls are essential for its rebuilding process, but not at the Volcanic Rock Gym (VRG). Justin Ridgely, the owner of the VRG, turned what was once a weight lifting gym into a bouldering gym. An alternative to “the normal” repetitive workout.

Upon entering, you are greeted with the sight of brightly colored walls of orange and blue. With an artistic-creative eye, it resembles a hollow tubed wave, leading you straight to the back of the gym. I sat down with Ridgely and hit him with a few questions to get familiar with the sport of bouldering, how he was introduced to it, and his thoughts about the future of bouldering in Hawaii.

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FITTED HAWAII (FH): What is bouldering?
Justin Ridgely: Bouldering is climbing rocks at reasonable heights, without a rope or harness. The movements are very dynamic and balance-y. Also, the falls are not life threatening. You are more at risk of an injury occurring…rather than a fatality. (with a light chuckle to follow the answered question)

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FH: How did you get into bouldering?
Ridgely: I got into bouldering through a friend. He would always go into the woods. I was curious and went with him one day. Been hooked ever since. I started climbing in the purest way, no pads, no chalk, rattle snakes, and getting chased by turkeys. Attended Tennessee Temple University and eventually dropped out, cause all i wanted to do was climb. After dropping out, i travelled a bit. Climbing became my lifestyle.

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FH: What gets you up in the morning?
Ridgely: Nothing gets me up in the morning, (light chuckle) if i could sleep all day, i would. The only things that get me up in the morning is coffee, my son Ronin, if he want to play, and bouldering, of course.

FH: Why did you move to Hawaii?
Ridgely: I moved to Hawaii because of my son Ronin. Wife at the time, was stationed out here through the military and I was committed to going where ever he went. After three months of living here, I opened up the VRG in Waipio.

FH: How does the culture of climbing in Hawaii differ from the climbing on the mainland?
Ridgely: The bouldering community overall is a friendly community, but from my experiences, the culture of climbing in Hawaii is a bit more social compared to the mainland. On the mainland, there’s more opportunity to have a competitive edge, where people tend to be more to themselves or in smaller crews. In Hawaii its more about motivating each other and building community, since the sport is still so young in Hawaii. No matter what level of climbing, everyone encourages each other.

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FH: What is the difference between climbing indoor and outdoor?
Ridgely: The difference between climbing indoor and outdoor is that, indoor you’re climbing on holds rather than climbing outdoors, you’re climbing feature (A protrusion or indentation on an indoor climbing wall which is permanently moulded into the wall itself). But its a progression, climbing indoors is practice for outdoors although, they are both very different. You wont understand until you go outdoors and climb. When indoors you’re willing to take more risk and make more dynamic moves because you have something to break your fall.

FH: (If you could tell the future) Where do you see the sport of bouldering going in Hawaii?
Ridgely: Since opening the gym, the bouldering community has grown. Bouldering in Hawaii has always existed, but there’s so much more rock to go out and discover, we gotta start going outer island.

FH: Before closing the interview Ridgely wanted to say a few words…
Ridgely: Just want to thank everyone and the community. In Hawaii, community support is everything. Support encourages me to get better whether its climbing or running the gym. Hawaii is surrounded by motivated people. Thank you, and if you know of any boulders anywhere email, call, or come to the gym!

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Volcanic Rock Gym
432 Keawe St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 397-0095
Email: gym@volcanicrockgym.com

I also had the honor of following Ridgely, along with Kurtis Loo, Bryce Yafuso, and Tyler Williams deep into the jungles of Oahu and experience the adventure of bouldering outdoors.

The Journey to Kong Boulders from FITTED on Vimeo.

#ALOHANAMOTU13

Monday, August 26th, 2013 by

I would have made a post from this past weekends camping trip to Bellows but I was not to be bothered with the camera this trip as there were much more important things to do like sit under the Tommy Bahama umbrella fronting the calm turquoise waters of Nalo and enjoy multiple tasty beverages. Get it?. So I have the next best thing.. a few snappos from my boy PK. Kema has been sharing quite a few pics with me lately from his recent trip to Fiji, more precisely the private island of Namotu. He stopped by the warehouse before he left and we hooked him up with a few shirts and hats so he could rep the ASD style in the Pacific paradise. Looks like he put them to good use… blood, fish and beer.

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SUMMER 13 RAINBOW COUNTRY DELIVERY 2: DETAILED SHOTS

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by

Releasing Saturday, August 24th. In-store, online and at these fine retailers

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Aloha kākou!

Quick update: Here are the detailed images of all of our product dropping as a part of our Summer Delivery 2 this Saturday.

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MORNING GLASS

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by

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Anyone who has spent any amount of time in Kaneohe knows how rare a day with light wind is, they don’t call it the Windward side for nothing. Anyone one has spent any amount of time fishing Kaneohe bay knows how rare a Kagami is, according to my boy Sky “catching one is like seeing a Unicorn.” As with most fishing tales we headed out with no real agenda just wanted to get out on the glassy bay. Headed to the sweet spot and took a strike rather quickly and it came off rather quickly, shit. Set back up and get hit again, nice Uku in the boat. While stashing the fish in the cooler the other line starts peeling of the reel rather fast and Sky motions for me to grab the reel, I say “no thanks you get it.” He motions again for me to grab it and again I decline, meanwhile the line keeps peeling off the reel. I grab the helm and Sky grabs the pole and immediately says “this ain’t no Uku.” We start to see color and Sky starts losing it once he sees what it is, this is the fish he wanted. Once I gaff it and bring it in the boat lots of adult language was used and judging by Sky’s elated state I sure was glad that he reeled it in. – RM

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OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XII

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 by

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SUMMER 2013 RAINBOW COUNTRY D2 (BTS) LOOK BOOK VIDEO

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 by

“I got my home, in the promise land, i feel at home can you overstand.” – Bob Marley – Rainbow Country

(Product shots coming soon)