The idea to create a print of ancient petroglyphs found in the islands is born from my experience of being raised in a family of both professional and self-taught archeologists. Growing up on the bluffs of the Missouri River, the land we lived on was littered with Native American artifacts, mounds and sites. We were taught not to disturb, but to appreciate only that on the surface. Our family vacations usually led us on detours to ancient ruins and cultural sites. My dad and uncle were self taught archeologists, with an interest that became contagious to us kids... My sister went on to study archeology and anthropology and became an archeologist here in the islands, which is what pulled me here a year after her. That first year living here with her was pretty amazing. My passion for hiking started around that time, setting off on trails looking for the few known glyphs here on Oahu. Other dreams pulled my sis back home to Missouri. I guess this print is sort-of an ode to our family-gene pull to these types of spiritual places, and our way of feeling a place and feeling the land and to the people who made it their home long before us. The few glyphs in this print are part of a personal study of the site located on Hawai’i Island at Pu'u Loa, which translates into Hill of Long Life. This is the largest known site in the islands, with more than 23,000 glyphs.
100% mid-weight cotton
Real coconut buttons
Perfectly matched up chest pocket
Original print by Roberta Oaks
Earthy Brown on a soft Citrus Rind
Hand printed, cut and sewn in Honolulu, Hawaii
Machine wash cold and hang to dry. Or, dry clean it. This shirt is printed the traditional way, by hand! Wash with care and iron from the inside only.