Nūpepa—one of our first prints launched upon Kaulua’e Hawai’i’s debut, three years ago—has been one of our most popular designs. The intention of Nūpepa was to inspire our lāhui to read old newspapers of Hawai’i, taken from over 30 Hawaiian Newspaper titles, dating from as early as 1834-1948. These historical pieces contain much of Hawai`iʻs storied history, legends, culture, and above all: our language. These relics of history help us to maintain a connection to the past, strengthen our identity, and promote, protect, and advocate for native Hawaiian rights, issues, and entitlements.
Our newest design, Kaulana Nā Pua, is made up of multiple articles and pages of stories of Lili’uokalani in the weeks following the overthrow of our monarchy. During her imprisonment, Lili’uokalani was informed of what was happening in Hawai’i through receiving flowers from her supporters, wrapped in current newspapers. The words to Eleanor Kekoaohiwaikalani Wright Prendergast’s composition “Kaulana Nā Pua” is written in a vivid blood red hue over the articles, representing the heartache of our queen, still standing strong for her people, even while being held against her will.
There are five color selections to this style to choose from. Available online soon.
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