In historic Hawaiian culture ancestral guardian spirits (aumakua) often took the forms of an animal. If I have an aumakua, it would be an octopus (he'e). The more you learn about different octopi traits the more you might think that they are aliens living here on earth.
Weird Octopus Facts:
• highly intelligent (they can open jars to get prey and escape their aquariums and return to them)
• can change color and patterns on their skin for camouflage or threat mechanism
• have no bones so they can squeeze through tiny holes and cracks
• use jet propulsion to swim up to 25 mph
• have 8 arms with taste sensing suckers
• if they lose an arm, they can regrow it
• learn from watching each other
• they use tools and build structures
• shoot black ink as a defense
• they have a beak
• 3 hearts
• blue blood
So - they are the weirdest! This purple VAKA octopus is diving deep and the path for this shirt took some twists and turns to get somewhere I liked and I hope I learned from it.
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!
The worthy charity we are sending a portion of the proceeds from sales is the Coral Reef Alliance (coral.org). "The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is a non-profit, environmental NGO that is on a mission to save the world’s coral reefs." In 2019 they earned a Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar AND a 3-star rating from Charity Navigator - so they are keeping their process clear and putting contributions to good use.
Reefs are so important and under serious assault - every bit helps - it's up to us. So if you want to wear a super comfy t-shirt of your possible aumakua and help save the world's reefs - grab one today! Thank you for taking the time and supporting the VAKA 100 project.
I KEEP COMING BACK TO THE TRI-BLEND BECAUSE IT FEELS SO GOOD TO WEAR!
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