Performed by the world’s greatest beatboxer, Tom Thum.
Words by Kauwila.
It was an honor and pleasure to represent FITTED at Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Ānuenue, a Hawaiian immersion school nestled in the back of Palolo Valley for their 2016 career day. The idea was to share a moʻolelo — a story from FITTED and the weight it can carry for others. Ultimately, we decided to share them with middle school students, including small makana, as well as explain the meaning of the makana to them. The makana was an ʻIliahi Mua, which features a silhouette that was modeled after Kekuhaupiʻo, known in history as the right hand man of King Kamehameha I. The kids already knew his story and were excited to even hear anything in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
I went on to ask what the significance of ʻIliahi in Hawaiʻi meant to them. They sat stunned, thinking about what it could mean. The ʻIliahi is a symbol of change. When people came from other countries to Hawaiʻi they often traded artillery, metal, and other materials for the ʻIliahi wood. This trade symbolized the way in which Hawaiʻi and it’s descendants are able to adapt to change, and that Hawaiʻi’s legacy is important. Our legacy has impacted ourselves as well as others throughout the world. I told them this story, and saw their faces light up with excitement. The function of this hat was to show the world who we are, and what we do. This small makana we shared was not just a simple hat to take home and enjoy, it is a perpetuation of moʻolelo, and its importance to continue it today.
We at FITTED are the moʻolelo that reflect this ʻāina. We are the ʻIliahi wood hidden in pockets throughout the islands, the trees being planted which is re-growing our forestry of Moʻolelo. I also was able to discuss the Naulu bridge — the rain bridge which starts from Ulupalakua in Maui, and flows with clouds, rains, and wind all the way to Kanaloa-Kahoʻolawe. The Naulu bridge — which disappeared for a while — was held and carried by an ʻIliahi tree across the channel. When somebody buys a FITTED hat, they perpetuate this story to others; they support the community engagement, the growth of moʻolelo, and the innovative ways Hawaiʻi can share our language and our story.
Outside of Jamaica, and perhaps New York City, dancehall deejay Busy Signal is a relatively unknown name. The Saint Ann Parish-born reggae artist is largely known for his 2008 smash “Smoke Some Highgrade” as well as his 2005 break-out single “Step Out.”
After releasing his last monster single — “Out Of Many” which uses/and interpolates Shelly Thunder’s “Sound Fi Get Kuff,” Busy makes a quick trip to the Hawaiian islands for his “My Only” visual, traveling to a few well known tourist spots, as well as some lesser known secret locations.
Congratulations to the entire Sig Zane gang on the grand opening of their new retail location in Chinatown. Check them out if you happen to be wandering the downtown streets on any given Aloha Friday, as that will be the only day of the week that they will be open for business. I like that schedule! – RM
Rising Illinois-raised artist Passport Louis was a recent guest on Sway Calloway’s Sway In the Morning show — along with fellow upstart rappers Token and Ca$h Sinatra. While there, Louis, who considers Slick Rick, Nas, Rakim & Q-Tip as some of his major influences, used the legendary Sirius XM show as a stepping platform to up the ante on his profile.
Watch his brief interview and freestyle session above — proudly rocking our Slaps Wind FITTED.
Whoever said Disneyland was “The Happiest Place on Earth” obviously has never been to Makua with the ohana. Many mahalos to Uncle Nick for holding down the camp site, Uncle Blake for the horsey rides, Uncle Rico for the all-wheel rides on the quad, and last but not least Uncle Kai for making it all happen!