DAVID SHEPARD - Kaniakapūpū Cotton Tote Bag

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Spacious, lightweight, 100% cotton tote bag with pocket. Colorful, artistic native Hawaiian plant pattern. Strap is 18 in long, bag is 13 in x 13 in x 6 in. 100% Cotton Jacquard. Machine wash gentle cycle and hang dry. Sewn and designed in Hawaii on fabric printed in the USA. Limited quantity. Handmade: exact cut of the print is variable, prints vary from what is seen in the images shown.

THE STORY BEHIND THE DESIGN

Kaniakapūpū

Kaniakapūpū means “the singing of the land shells” in Hawaiian. Featured in this print are kāhuli snails, ’ōhi’a lehua bursting into flower, and nectar feeding i’iwi birds. This print has layers of meaning, or ‘kauna’: The songs of the snails bring Hawai’i into being.

Kaniakapūpū is the name of the summer palace of Kamehameha III who said in 1843, ‘ua mau ke ea o ka ’aina i ka pono’ or ‘the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.’ The Hawai’i state motto to this day.

“Kāhuli (tree snails) are attributed with song and are featured in oli, mele, and mo’olelo. They are considered hō’ailona (omens or signs) when encountered in the forest. Their colorful forms adorn plants and people alike, as their shells were used in lei. Unfortunately, they are under threat of extinction by the appetites of introduced invasive predators. Hawai’i’s Snail Extinction Prevention Program and their partners are rearing Kāhuli for reintroduction and are protecting their habitats.“

- David Sischo, Ph.D. Snail Extinction Prevention Program Coordinator

A portion of proceeds from this purchase will go towards the Snail Extinction Prevention Program.