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Women's I ka wā shirt (red/yellow)

$30.00 - Sold out

Comfortable dolman shirt.
Women love these. This cut looks good on almost everybody.
Runs a little big, so we suggest ordering a size smaller. If you want a comfy fit, order your true size.
Red shirt with yellow lettering that says "I ka wā mamua ka wā ma hope."This 'olelo no'eau means "the future is in the past."
Front print only.

Free shipping!

More about the meaning and this sayings significance:

As Lena Lei Ching explains in her dissertation:
"It is as if the Hawaiian stands firmly in the present, with his back to the future, and his eyes fixed upon the past, seeking historical answers for present-day dilemmas." (Kameʻeleihiwa, 1992) We Hawaiians view the world looking to that time that came before us because it is rich in knowledge. Looking to my ancestors and knowing the history of our people strongly influences how I view the world and contributes greatly to the forming of my relationship with it. I look to the past also to learn more about my Hawaiian identity. As a Hawaiian in today's world, I realize that part of the process requires that I engage in the task of decolonizing my mind.

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Proceeds will go toward the Brittany Pohākea Yap Native Hawaiian Scholarship Fund and Po'ohala Essay Contest.

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