This will be a series for the year with more than a handful of limited products, changing each quilt design from drop to drop.

The history behind the Hawaiian quilts goes deep, well before the 1900’s. Fortunately many of these intriguing quilts have survived as they were only used for special occasions and then passed on from generation to generation. Inspiration for many of the designs on these quilts came from the natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. The use of curved lines and plant like motifs resulted in an intricate, organic composition that was often based on local vegetables or flowers including interesting leaf patterns.
We’ve merely simplified some of the patterns while putting them into vector format, to showcase handpicked prints that we enjoyed, to be created in our version of stitch and print to fabric.
We hope to bring light to a local generational pastime, and carry on Hawaii legacy through our platform.
#ALOHALIFE #DefendHawaii
Releasing 5/24, online @ shop.defendhawaii.com & in select stores is the brand new “Quilted Lehua” Snapback.

Hōkūleʻa Homecoming

The iconic voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa is scheduled to return from the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines, to the Hawaiian Islands in June 2017. On Saturday, June 17, Polynesian Voyaging Society and its crewmembers will conclude the three-year sail around the globe and make an historic arrival at O‘ahu’s Magic Island after sailing nearly 40,000 nautical miles since departing Hawaiian waters on May 30, 2014. Themed Lei Kaʻapuni Honua, meaning “A Lei Around The World,” Hōkūleʻa’s homecoming celebration will include the following events: more @ http://www.hokulea.com/home/

Russell Doane UFC FIGHT NIGHT 111

  Hawai’i Elite MMA fighter & Team Defend Hawai’i representative Russell Doane is less than a month away from re-entering the octagon. Russell Doane will take part in UFC FIGHT NIGHT 111 against South Korean fighter Kwan Ho Kwak.

  We are rooting for you Russ! We’re proud of everything you have accomplished so far in your MMA career, continue to work hard and push through the adversity! Continue to strive for greatness and always Defend Hawai’i!


FARM TO SCHOOL INITIATIVE – A step towards self-sustainability


Spearheaded by Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and The Kohala Center are working collaboratively on the Farm to School Initiative.  Across the nation, farm to school programs are reconnecting students to a better understanding of the food system and where their food comes from. Farm to school programs introduce students to healthier eating habits and help them become familiar with new vegetables and fruits that they and their families will then be more willing to incorporate into their own diets.


The goal of the Farm to School Initiative is to address the supply and demand issues surrounding the purchasing of local food for our State school cafeterias. The Initiative also aims to systematically increase State purchasing of local food for our school menus as well as connect our keiki with the aina through their food, using products from the local agricultural community.


The Project began in the Kohala School Complex, located on Hawaii Island. As an ideal “learning and menu creating lab,” a single kitchen serves all three schools in the complex — Kohala Elementary, Kohala Intermediate and Kohala High Schools.  As a rural community, they are committed to increasing their local food production.  After implementation, the Project team will conduct an evaluation of successes, opportunities and obstacles to guide larger HIDOE implementation of successful Farm to School strategies (kitchen skills, procurement strategies, community connections, articulated policy, new menus, etc.).  Successful Farm to School strategies learned in the Project will continue in the Project kitchen through HIDOE staff implementation, while rolling the next phase into a larger complex, to ultimately scale successful Farm to School strategies into HIDOE’s statewide operations.


  • Honorable Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui
  • Jayson Watts, Senior Advisor to the Lt. Governor
  • Dexter Kishida, DOE-SFB Supervisor
  • Anna-Lisa Okoye, The Kohala Center Chief Operating Officer

More info visit ltgov.hawaii.gov

Bombs over Big Island…

  On Friday, April 28, 2017, graffiti was found painted on rocks on Mauna Kea.

  The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Tuesday the Native Hawaiian community helped officers contact the woman, who was issued a citation. Protesters have been fighting to stop the Thirty Meter Telescope from being built on the mountain. Protest leaders condemned the vandalism, saying it amounts to desecration. 

  No one should be desecrating land and sacred land for that matter but I can’t help but see a hidden message behind this act. For those who may not know, Big Island has been ground zero for Military Live Training. Pohakuloa Military Training Area has been occupied by the Military since 1965 when the U.S. Government leased the 23,000-acre land for only a $1 a year. In 2014 a lawsuit was filed stating that the state of Hawai’i failed in protecting Pohakuloa and have been on trial since.

  A handful of demonstrators gathered to call for an end to the bombing in the area on March 29th, 2017. Critics say the 23,000-acre training area between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa is being neglected and has only been inspected by the state once in 51 years.

  A video posted by “Big Island Video News” goes behind the scenes of the Pohakuloa Protectors during their March 29th demonstration. How much can be said about the man speaking in the video that is something I can not answer. But if his intentions are in the concerns of Hawaiian lands and Native Hawaiians, we can only support the cause.

  Now back to the graffiti. Was this crime an act of ignorance or a cry for attention? Only the woman who is responsible for the act will truly know. We can only hope that she had much greater intentions. What is done has been done, she will have to pay for the desecration of sacred land but the light shine ever so brightly on the issues Big Island has been facing for so many years. From 30 Meter Telescopes to Military Exercises there is a disconnect with the community that lives on Big Island to the people in suits who make the decisions…




Hawaiian Homestead Changes…

Lawmakers drastically lower the blood quantum requirements to pass on Hawaiian Homestead leases.

Before House Bill 451, which lowered the amount of Hawaiian blood, that was not possible.

No longer are lessees required to be at least one-fourth Native Hawaiian. Now those who are one thirty-second can qualify.

Some have argued the leases should instead go to the thousands of qualified Native Hawaiians who have been waiting years for homestead land, but Gilbert and others say the change will not only keep families together but also close-knit communities.

  The hardships of displacing families was one of the reasons lawmakers introduced this bill. Which is also designed to encourage current lessees to maintain and invest in their homes — so they’ll be around for future generations.

 Unlike other measures passed this session, the bill will not only need the Governor’s signature but also the approval of the US Congress. If it gets both, the change in blood quantum law will take effect on July 1st.