HAE HAWAIʻI DAY FITSTRIKE RELEASE: SLAPS WIND 59FIFTY, SNAPBACK, & STRAPBACK, & RALLY ‘ROUND TEE

Posted in Updates on July 30th, 2019 by

Released exclusively in-store and online today, July 30 at 11am HST.

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ʻŌpio: @tuhi.the.dragon, @kaulanapao, & @loadingusername.__

Aloha kākou!

In these days, at this precise time, as we struggle to make sense of what it looks and feels like to be Hawaiian, we are reminded of what Aloha is. Aloha Lani, Aloha ʻĀina, Aloha Wai, Aloha Kai, and Aloha Kanaka. It is with these ʻōpio our best work will make sense. Every step, every lesson, every hand makes a difference, so while we hold space until they are ready we must do OUR very best to ALOHA. It is the highest form of respect and excellence to honor the things that where here before us. Through this reciprocation things are balanced.

#maunakea #hookanaka #oipo #uluaulu

 

Tomorrow is Hae Hawaiʻi Day, and to acknowledge its significance, we wanted to delve deep into the history of our flag, as explained by FITTED co-owner Ola Rapozo below.

We also have a new release today featuring three Slaps Wind caps in the same clean black base, traditional flag colors, and white crest, utilizing different New Era silhouettes: 59FIFTY fitted, 9FIFTY snapback, and 9TWENTY curved visor strapback. Along with the three caps, we are also releasing a yellow Rally ‘Round tee, featuring Hae Hawaiʻi placed in a rotating pattern, inspired by the protest quilts created during the forced imprisonment of Queen Liliʻuokalani.

HAE HAWAIʻI
In 1793 a British’s Naval captain named George Vancouver Gifts Kamehameha Ekahi a red ensign. Vancouver writes in his journal that he was “agreeably surprised in finding that his riper years had softened that stern ferocity, which his younger days had exhibited, and had changed his general deportment to an address characteristic of an open, cheerful, and sensible mind; combined with great generosity, and goodness of disposition.” They met and talked about the cession of Ko Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina to the British in exchange for full Autonomy. The meeting ended with the exchange of gifts, with Kamehameha presenting four feathered helmets and other items, while Vancouver gave Kamehameha the remaining livestock on board, “five cows, two ewes and a ram.” The British flag given by Vancouver was flown until 1816.

In 1816, Kamehameha commissioned a flag of their own to be produced. Some conflict is debated as to who it was designed by but credit is given to Alexander Adams a Scotsman who served in the British Royal Navy and English Captian by the name of George Charles Beckley. Hae Hawaiʻi intended to represent a neutral Sovereign nation. The design was a combination of the British Union Jack along with 8 alternating white, red and blue stripes to represent each of the islands. Side note, I have read that 7 stripes were also designed but not much other evidence of this exists.

In February of 1817, Kamehameha sent the boat Forester (later renamed Kaʻahumanu) loaded with ʻiliahi to Canton China to sell. While pulling into the harbor, the crew experienced a Harbormaster for the first time and the inexperienced crew was hit with heavy taxes and was forced to offload the ʻiliahi at a heavy loss. They thought that the flag given to them by Vancouver and the alliance with Britain would be recognized by the international trade community. But alas, although the event stung Kamehameha, he learned valuable lessons.

Much discussion was had about the Kanaka Maoli flag and its origin. One source states that this flag existed and was Kamehamehaʻs personal flag. A story written in the Honolulu Advertiser in 2001 claims that the flag was a resurrection after it was destroyed in 1843 by Naval Officer Lord Paulet. He is best known for seizing the Hawaiian kingdom in the name of the British Government for 5 months. The man who made this claim said he met a descendant of Paulet on the grounds of ʻIolani Palace in 1999 an was told the current flag is not the original Hawaiian flag. He then scoured the State Archives where he claims he found the design and reproduced it. The design is said to be a fresh non-colonial symbol of the restored Hawaiian Kingdom. The issue that some historians have with this is the date of the Paulet affair in 1843. Numerous ship logs noted that many foreign vessels visiting Hawaiʻi since 1816 puts eyes on the Hae Hawaiʻi. Also, there are two portraits painted around 1819 of Kalanimokuʻs baptism after the death of Kamehameha.

Whether you subscribe to the original Hae Hawaiʻi flag or the Kanaka Maoli Flag, I believe one thing is undisputed. The pride and love given by all who stand under are unbridled. Our people are activated with a renewed vigor, to self determine and restore the years of persecution and disrespect. We are native indigenous people of this land and for too long have been marginalized. “ONIPAʻA KAKOU”

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TRILOCKS SNAPBACK & ALOHA MEANS HELLO TEE

Posted in Updates on July 26th, 2019 by

Releasing exclusively in-store and online this Saturday, July 27 at 11am HST.

TRILOCKS

Aloha kākou!

We have a special brand new release tomorrow, where we completely bypassed the logo on the front and focused strictly on the pattern and material. The Trilocks snapback features a black and yellow trilock pattern over the entire crown and visor, with a black undervisor, all crafted in 100% nylon micro-ripstop. The side crown is stitched in yellow, while the New Era logo, back Cheehuu logo, eyelets, top button, and snap enclosure are done in black. Releasing alongside the Trilocks snapback is a matching new Aloha Means Hello tee, utilizing a trilock fill printed in black ink on a black tee.

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FITSTRIKE RELEASE: WORLDWIDE SNAPBACK & MONOPULSE TEE

Posted in Updates on July 22nd, 2019 by

Releasing exclusively in-store and online this Tuesday, July 16 at 11am HST.

WORLDWIDE

Aloha kākou!

We’re releasing a new FITSTRIKE Worldwide snapback this Tuesday, utilizing the same distinct black camouflage created through the weave of the fabric rather than the color itself. The front logo is stitched in volt, white, and black, while the undervisor, side logo, back logo, top button, and snap enclosure are all done in volt. Releasing alongside the Worldwide snapback is a brand new tee called Monopulse, featuring a digital and aesthetically pulsating design on the front and a small crown on the back, printed in volt on a black tee.

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FITSTRIKE RELEASE: FASI SNAPBACK & ENDLESS LONG-SLEEVE TEES

Posted in Updates on July 19th, 2019 by

Releasing exclusively in-store and online this Saturday, July 20 at 11am HST.

FASI

Aloha kākou!

This Saturday, we’re releasing a new Fasi snapback and two Endless long-sleeve tees under our FITSTRIKE program. The Fasi snapback features a black crown with olive visor and top button, along with yellow and white front logo, white back logo, and yellow snap enclosure, side logo, and eyelets. Our Endless design returns in white print on a shadow or mineral grey long sleeve tee.

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TAKEHANDS FOR FITTED: PASS [NUKU] ADJUSTABLE SHOULDER/WAIST BAG

Posted in Updates on July 18th, 2019 by

Available now in-store and online.

PASS

Aloha kākou!

After such a strong and positive response to our initial PASS [NUKU] Adjustable Shoulder/Waist Bag release back in April, we are excited to announce a limited number of new PASS [NUKU] bags are available today, made in Japan by master craftsman and designer, Takehiko Hanafusa through his TakeHands label.

The PASS [NUKU] Adjustable Shoulder/Waist Bags fall under our premium, all-season TROPTECH™ line, utilizing high-quality fabrics and durable handcrafted construction. The name PASS is derived from a mountain pass, which is a navigable route through a mountain range or over a ridge. We have added the Hawaiian translation NUKU, passageway or trail, for further description.

Please note that there will be no holds or discounts. Mahalo for your understanding, and we hope you enjoy this piece as much as we did working with Take on them.

Details as follows:

Durable Shell Fabric
• Black X-Pac™ Ripstop Polyester, Hydro State waterproof construction technology, and 200 denier nylon fabric face provide an ideal balance of weight and durability.
• Made in the USA.
• Front FITTED label stitched in bottom right.

Bottom Shock Cording
• Silver 3M reflective cording stretches to hold an extra sweater, jacket, or packable umbrella.

YKK AquaGuard® Zippers
• High quality, water-repellent zippers created by laminating the reverse side of a coil zipper.

Breathable Back Panel
• Highly breathable spacer mesh back panel provides breathable comfort to keep you cool during hot weather.

Versatile Side Panels
• Nylon webbing with spaced stitching provides additional points to add carabiners and other accessories.
• Takehiko Hanafusa’s signature TakeHands eye logo stitched on wearer’s right side.

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FITSTRIKE RELEASE: SCHOLAR SNAPBACK & SLIDE TEE

Posted in Updates on July 15th, 2019 by

Releasing exclusively in-store and online this Tuesday, July 16 at 11am HST.

SCHOLAR

Aloha kākou!

Tuesday’s FITSTRIKE release features a new Scholar snapback with a unique black camouflage created by varying stitching techniques, along with a multi-colored front logo, black and yellow back crest, and white eyelets, side logo, and snap enclosure. We’re also releasing a new vintage-inspired Slide tee featuring black and orange print on a white tee.

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KAMEHAMEHA SNAPBACK & ESCAPE TO PARADISE TANK TOPS

Posted in Updates on July 11th, 2019 by

Releasing exclusively in-store and online this Saturday, July 13 at 11am HST.

KAMEHAMEHA

Aloha kākou!

We have a huge release coming up this Saturday, featuring a technical upgrade to one of our most sought-after releases ever—the desert camouflage Kamehameha snapback from 2013. The entire cap is made out of 100% nylon micro-ripstop, with the crown and visor in desert camouflage and the undervisor in black. The embroidery and eyelets are stitched in black, while the snap enclosure is white and the crest tag is black and white. Along with the Kamehameha snapback, our popular Escape to Paradise design returns on a black or heather grey tank top.

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FITSTRIKE RELEASE: NIHI SNAPBACK & THE SECRET LONG-SLEEVE TEES

Posted in Updates on July 8th, 2019 by

Releasing exclusively in-store and online this Tuesday, July 9 at 11am HST.

NIHI

Aloha kākou!

We’re releasing a new Nihi snapback and two The Secret long-sleeve tees this Tuesday under our FITSTRIKE program. The Nihi snapback features a heather grey base with black undervisor, front logo, back logo, top button, and snap enclosure. It also features a white side logo and eyelets to finish off the look. The two The Secret long-sleeve tees come with the same multi-colored print on either a shadow or clover colored base, featuring a washed look.

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FITSTRIKE RELEASE: KAMEHAMEHA 59FIFTY & WE OUTTA HERE TEE

Posted in Updates on July 5th, 2019 by

Releasing exclusively in-store and online this Saturday, July 6 at 11am HST.

KAMEHAMEHA

Aloha kākou!

This Saturday, we will be releasing another hit for our FITSTRIKE program. Influenced by the old Kanye and Barry Bonds, the set includes a Kamehameha 59FIFTY and a new tee dubbed We Outta Here. The fitted incorporates a San Francisco Giants colorway with a black crown and visor, hits of orange on logos and button, and capped off with a kelly green undervisor. Running along with the theme we introduce the We Outta Here tee, which is a nod to our old Hawaii Islanders minor league baseball team, which Bonds played for in 1986. The nostalgic inspired graphic is printed in black on a white tee.

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FITSTRIKE RELEASE: MUA SNAPBACK & SLACK KEY TEE

Posted in Updates on July 1st, 2019 by

Releasing exclusively in-store and online this Tuesday, July 2 at 11am HST.

MUA

Aloha kākou!

This Tuesday, we’re releasing a new FITSTRIKE Mua snapback and Slack Key tee. The Mua features a rifle green base with black visor, side logo, back crest, and top button. It also features a white snap enclosure and front Mua logo stitched in white and shades of light gold. The Slack Key tee features a black base with white print on the front, back, and sides.

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