Moku ‘Upena - O’ahu
4in x 4in die cut
Thick and durable vinyl
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I haʻaheo no ka lawaiʻa i ka lako i ka ʻupena // “The fishermen may be well proud when well supplied with nets”
“Moku ʻUpena” or loosely translated to “island net” is not only a nod to our lawaiʻa (fishermen) and the practice of ʻupena hoʻolei or throwing net but the years of kilo (observation) to perfect and learn such a skill. It is said that a fisherman who has mastered the art of ‘upena ho’olei may replicate the distinct shape of a particular moku (island) in one singular motion of throwing his net - depending on what the situation asks.
It is practices like these woven with kūpuna ‘Ike (elderʻs knowledge) that are generational keepsakes much like the exceptionally well-made net of ʻolona, hau and now sugi that we are so honored to carry and pass on to our keiki (children) today.