ALOHA ʻĀINA DESIGN
Front –Aloha ʻĀina Design
Back – BK Wings Design
Right Sleeve – None
Left Sleeve – None
Aloha ʻĀina Design
The term Aloha ʻĀina reflects the connection between the land and the people and the interdependence one upon the other. This important relationship is portrayed in song, dance, chant, stories, and in the lifestyle practices of our people. The Aloha ʻĀina 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 today as the “Kūʻē Petitions.” Since this time, the term Aloha ʻĀina has taken on the meaning of “love for Hawaiʻi (Homeland) and Lāhui (Country).”
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 the PKO (Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana). Today, the Aloha ʻĀina movement has focused on such issues as geothermal development, water rights, GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms), military buildup, and most recently, development on Mauna Kea. When you understand and advocate for “ALOHA ʻĀINA”, you are not simply expressing a love for the land, but declaring a love for Hawaiʻi, its People, and the Hawaiian Nation (a viable sovereign and independent Hawaiian Nation).
BK Wings Design
The BK Wings Design consists of the term Black Koa, BK within a skull outline, wings, and the term Strength and Honor. Black Koa (BK) refers to “Warriors of Mana” and pays homage to the ancient warriors of Kaʻu. The term Black Koa reminds us to be modern day warriors for what is Pono. The skull represents our iwi kūpuna (ancestors) and reminds us that our kūpuna are with us and that we must honor them by our positive acts and deeds. The wings represent the ‘Io (Hawaiian Hawk), ancient symbol of royalty and mana (authority and spiritual power). The kaona (deeper/hidden meaning) of the ‘Io wings is to remind us that we are all of royal birth with unlimited potential as sons and daughters of ke Akua (God). The term “Strength and Honor” has been embraced by warriors of the world throughout the ages. The strength of character, will, and spirit, not simply of arm and flesh. This includes the willingness to stand for one’s morals and beliefs regardless, of the consequences
The Aloha ʻĀina design pays homage to our kūpuna (ancestors) who have fought for our homeland and country. The Aloha ʻĀina design was created to inspire a new generation to press forward the struggle for those things that are pono (right). You are invited to wear this design as you take a stand, make a difference, and change the world!