We did it again, just in time for Christmas!!! Our latest Kealopiko X Hoa Kai Collab Towels!! These always sell out fast, so act now! Perfect for a beach towel, bath sheet, picnic blanket, scarf, table cover, and much more. Featuring a diamond pattern throughout and completed with hand tied fringes, colors do not fade or bleed over time. Machine wash in cool water with like colors (no harsh detergents, dryer sheets, or bleach) and tumble on low heat or hang to dry.
Hand-loomed in Turkey
Kealopikoʻs Ipu Design.
As the primary receptacles used by our kūpuna, ipu (gourds), and especially hue wai (water gourds), are a beautiful metaphor for the human form. Like children, ipu were cultivated and tended with the utmost care, molded and shaped, gorgeously decorated and lovingly carried. The hue wai pueo was likened to a woman's body and her womb to an ipu inherited from the most remote ancestress. Our bodies are miniature versions of the cosmos, as seen in the story where Wākea creates the universe from a gourd. He cuts an ipu and casts the poʻi (cover) above, forming the heavens, and the meat and seeds, forming the moon, sun, planets and stars. He leaves the bottom portion below to form the earth. The ipu is a kinolau (physical form) of the god Lono, who came to Hawaiʻi from Kahiki, bringing with him knowledge of planting, peace and prosperity, which we celebrate during Makahiki season. Lono ka ipu iki, Lono ka ipu nui - Lono the small gourd, Lono the large gourd. From a chant by Lanikāula to Kamalālāwalu in the story of Lonoikamakahiki. Hālapa i ka mauli! Excite the flame of life within! From the "Pule Ipu," a prayer recited when boys were initiated into the men's house. Design inspirations: traditional hue wai from Niʻihau now at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.