The Ali‘i Collection® Story
Sitting on the very top of the ancient Hawaiian class arrangement
the kings and queens, royal and most revered,
were said to have been endowed with powerful mana.
OluKai set out to celebrate the history of the bygone Ali‘i by creating a
pedestal in the manner we do best. We spent years researching, gathering materials
for, and designing these pieces marking a pinnacle in OluKai‘s commitment
This collection, with its material references to the royal ‘ahu‘ula capes, its highest quality leathers, its meticulous hand stitching, is created as an offering to these ancient Polynesian royals who held together a flourishing culture, a society where everyone worked in concert, a society we‘d be honored to live in.
Each pair is etched with a traditional Hawaiian phrase of community strength:
Pupukahi i holomua: Unite in order to progress.
We‘d like to think that if the Ali‘i were still walking the islands today,
they’d be walking in these.