'Ēkaha Fern Pareo
Black & White 'Ēkaha Fern
The interconnected nature of the ʻāina (land) and the kai (sea) is best represented in the wisdom of the Kumulipo, which pairs plants and animals in these two realms. This extensive Hawaiian chant of creation tells us the ʻēkaha is born in the sea and is guarded by the ʻēkahakaha living on land. ʻĒkaha kū moana, or black coral, is a symbol of strength and beauty. Hawaiʻi's waters are home to 15 species of black corals, many of which have been historically overharvested. This reminds us of the fragility of all coral reefs and how waterways intimately link them to the rainforests that are home to ʻēkaha ferns (Asplenium nidus and Elaphoglossum species). This relationship hangs in a tenuous balance constantly challenged by human activity. To support the work that helps keep these connected habitats healthy, Kealopiko and Hawaiian Airlines have partnered on this design project and dedicate a portion of the profits to Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA). Creative collaborations that support mālama ʻāina efforts give us hope for the future of our precious natural resources.
Nā uʻi o ka lipo - The beauties of the depths (our deep oceans, forests, and all that comes from the pō).