The Mahiole, woven of ‘Ie’ie and covered with rare feathers were reserved exclusively for the use of the Ali‘i, symbolizing their chiefly divinity, rank, and power.
The construction of Mahiole required an incredible amount of labor and craftsmanship. Skilled trappers caught the birds by employing various techniques such as snaring their prey midair with nets, or using decoy birds to lure them onto branches coated with a sticky substance. They often harvested only a few feathers from each bird before releasing them back into the wild so they could produce more feathers.
Skilled workers belonging to the aliʻi class crafted a framework of ‘ie’ie and olonā as the foundation for the helmets & cloaks, onto which thousands of bundles of feathers were attached, creating powerful, bold designs.
Our Nā Mākua tees are white and feature our original Mahiole design printed in grey on the front and back of the tee. They are 100% pre-shrunk jersey cotton knit and are available in size Medium thru 2XL. # MH2TW