Front – Features Aloha ʻĀina.
Aloha ʻĀina, literally means “love of the land”, and is a central concept of Hawaiian thought and culture.
Aloha ʻĀina, emphasizes the connection between the land and the people. In everyday practice, it embodies a deep passion for the land, as is often demonstrated in song, hula, stories, and lifestyle practices such as farming. The term became popular and political with the formation of Hui Aloha ʻĀina, a group that was organized to fight the illegal annexation of Hawai‘i to the United States. Hui Aloha ʻĀina was responsible (along with Hui Kālai‘āina) for facilitating the “Petition Protesting Annexation” in 1897 that totaled some 38,000 names (the vast majority of the Native population of about 42,000). This body of work, discovered in 1996 by Noenoe Silva at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., is commonly referred to as the “Kūʻē Petitions” today. Since this time, the term Aloha ʻĀina has taken on a dual meaning, that is, to love ones homeland and country (Hawaiian Nation).
During the “Hawaiian Renaissance” of the 1970s, the term Aloha ʻĀina became popular again regarding various land and Hawaiian rights issues of the time that included issues of environment, traditional practices, demilitarization and Hawaiian Sovereignty. The pinnacle of the 1970s Aloha ʻĀina movement came in 1976-77, with the occupation of the island of Kaho‘olawe by PKO (the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana).
Aloha ʻĀina Movement Today
Today, the Aloha ʻĀina movement focuses on such issues as geothermal development, water rights, GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms), military buildup, and more recently, development of Mauna Kea.
Back – Features the Soar design. In ancient Hawai‘i, the presence of the ʻIo (Hawaiian Hawk) was considered a hōʻailona (sign) that those present possessed great mana (authority and spiritual power). Here, the wings of the ‘Io reminds us that we should always act with nobility, strength, and honor.
The Aloha ʻĀina design pays homage to our kūpuna (ancestors) who fought to save our homeland and country. The design is created to inspire a new generation that will continue the fight and press forward the struggle to make things pono (right). Wear this design when you are ready to take a stand and make a statement.