OluKai Pays Tribute to Hōkūle‘a’s Homecoming With Limited Sandals

By Jay Casteel  |  06/05/2017

Lifestyle brand OluKai announces the launch of its commemorative Hōkūle'a-inspired footwear collection, which features actual pieces of sailcloth used on Hōkūle‘a.

Over the past three years, Hōkūle'a navigators and crew have used the stars, sea and waves to navigate the traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe around the world, where they've visited more than 100 ports and 27 nations to deliver their message of "Mālama Honua" (to care for Mother Earth).

Drawing inspiration from the Hōkūle‘a, the collection incorporates parts of the actual sail used in previous voyages, sailing-inspired zig-zag stitch details, and a laser-etched footbed depicting the Hōkūle‘a's navigation of the open ocean.

It consists of three pairs of sandals, includining the Hōkūle‘a Pe‘a, the Hōkūle‘a PaePae and the Hōkūle‘a Kia.

Limited to just 115 pairs. the hand-crafted Pe‘a features full-straps made from the actual sail of the Hōkūle‘a, while coming in a handmade wooden box and comes with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Each pair retails for $300, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

The PaePae features part of the sailcloth as a badge formed in the shape of a voyaging canoe sail, as well as sail inspired zig-zag stitching on the straps. It will be available in limited quantities at select Hawaii-only retailers, before hitting the Mainland in January 2018.

Finally, the third sandal of the collection, the Kia, combines zig-zag stitch detail on the upper straps with a laser-etched footbed of the Hōkūle‘a underway. It does not release until January 2018.

For more info on OluKai's Hōkūle‘a collection, visit the website here.