VAKA #004 : "STRONG LIKE BULL / IKAIKA LIKE PIPI KĀNE" t-shirt
VAKA #004 : "STRONG LIKE BULL / IKAIKA LIKE PIPI KĀNE" t-shirt
VAKA #004 : "STRONG LIKE BULL / IKAIKA LIKE PIPI KĀNE" t-shirt
VAKA #004 : "STRONG LIKE BULL / IKAIKA LIKE PIPI KĀNE" t-shirt
VAKA #004 : "STRONG LIKE BULL / IKAIKA LIKE PIPI KĀNE" t-shirt
VAKA #004 : "STRONG LIKE BULL / IKAIKA LIKE PIPI KĀNE" t-shirt
VAKA #004 : "STRONG LIKE BULL / IKAIKA LIKE PIPI KĀNE" t-shirt
VAKA #004 : "STRONG LIKE BULL / IKAIKA LIKE PIPI KĀNE" t-shirt

VAKA #004 : "STRONG LIKE BULL / IKAIKA LIKE PIPI KĀNE" t-shirt

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VAKA #004 - "STRONG LIKE BULL / IKAIKA LIKE PIPI KĀNE"

THE SHIRT
Alooooooha and Howdy! Pre-dating the American West's cowboy or ranch traditions, three Mexican-Spanish vaqueros were brought to Hawaii by Kamehameha III in the 1830s to train Hawaiian cowboys to work cattle on the Big Island. These Hawaiian cowboys, called Paniolos, were some of the best skilled horsemen to ever ride and rope.

In 1908 three paniolos, Ikua Purdy and his cousins Jack Low and Archie Ka’au’a traveled thousands of miles to Cheyenne, Wyoming to compete against the best of the best at the grand daddy of all rodeos of the time, the Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration. Although dismissed by the mainlanders, the Hawaiians won over hearts and minds with their amazing skill and bravery and left as champions and cowboy legends.

We took the whole family to Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) to see "PANIOLO: Stories and Songs from the Hawaiian Cowboy" By Moses Good

VAKA 100

The VAKA 100 project is making 100 neo-Hawaii t-shirts and connecting with 100 charitable organizations that promote the VAKA ideals: Love, Dream, Work, Play. A portion of the proceeds of every VAKA 100 T-shirt sold is donated to a highlighted charitable organization to support it's good work building a stronger community. So if it compels you, buy it, wear it, share it and join the VAKA life! Thank you and aloha!


CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION
The charitable donation VAKA is giving from the sales of this shirt is going to Honolulu Theatre for Youth for their inspirational job reaching out and exposing Hawaii's youth to what theater can offer communities. Visit them at htyweb.org to learn more about their programs and this season's offerings.

Also check out: "Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World's Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West" by David Wolman (2019) - which chronicles this terrific story. Thanks for supporting theater, cowboy history and the VAKA project!


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Top quality T-shirts!

The tri-blend fabric creates a vintage, fitted look. And extreme durability makes this t-shirt withstand repeated washings and still remain super comfortable. • Tri-blend construction (50% polyester/25% combed ring-spun cotton/25% rayon) • 40 singles thread weight • Comfortable and durable • Contemporary fit • Lightweight