Wisdom chic

T-shirts with an ‘aina message all too often look like education posters on boxy Hanes Beefy T’s. Kealopiko alters the local shirtscape with its stylish designs on soft cotton, slim-cut vintage-finish T’s. The contemporary designs highlight native species such as the ‘enuhe hamui’a, pictured, Hawai’i’s only endemic caterpillar. The new company is the brainchild of three hard-working wahine. Ane Bakutis and Hina Kneubuhl are botanists, while Jamie Makasobe works at Paepae o He’eia — and all are Island-stylish. “We want people in the taro patch and downtown to feel comfortable,” says Bakutis. Not yet in stores, Kealopiko will be at the Honolulu Gift Fair at Blaisdell Center on Friday and Saturday.
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