Product Description

Front – Kūʻē Fist Design
Back – BK Wings Design
Right Sleeve – None
Left Sleeve – None

Kūʻē Fist Design
The Kūʻē Fist Design consists of a clenched fist the word Kūʻē, the term Never Give Up, and 8-triangles.  The clenched fist is a historical symbol of solidarity.  It is also used as a salute to express unity, strength, resistance, defiance, and victory.  The salute dates back to ancient Assyria c. 605 BC as a symbol of resistance.  This symbol has been used and incorporated by numerous oppressed peoples and movements around the world including Industrial Workers in 1917, Mexican Revolutionist in 1948, Black Nationalism and Human Rights in the 1960s, Feminist in 1970s, and Ukraine Separatist in 2015.  In Hawaiian, Kūʻē means to oppose, resist, protest, and stand different.  While the phrase, “Never Give Up”, is inspired by Sir. Winston Churchill, in a speech given in 1941 regarding World War II and the United Kingdom’s war with Germany.  In part he said:

“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.  Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

The triangles at the bottom of the design represent shark teeth, an ancient Hawaiian symbol for speed and strength.  The eight triangles also represent the eight major islands of Hawaiʻi, a reminder to move forward in unity.

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.

A simple yet bold and powerful design, wear this design when you want to take a stand, make a difference, and let the world know, you will Never Give Up!

Additional Information

Black Koa gear feature positive messaging, limited editions, and iconic designs. We print on 100% cotton or cotton blends for maximum coolness and comfort. Designs are created in and inspired by the history, power, and beauty of Hawai‘i. Much of BK’s printing is done by hand using eco-friendly (biodegradable) inks when available. A portion of every BK purchase is contributed to environmental and cultural programs. BK only prints on garments/material made in the U.S.A. Your purchase comes with a 100% Satisfaction - “Shaka Guarantee.”


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