Cultural Threads


Out in the shopping wilds, the search for the perfect last minute gift is matched only by the quest for a line of stylish T-shirts, especially if the guys on your list still have burning question marks beside their names. The best plan of attack? Stalk this prey when the sun goes down.

Tonight’s spot is the new Coral Loft in Chinatown, where the Kealopiko clothing design team is throwing a last minute sale on their ultra-comfortable, native species tees. These three local women who want to see men and women in beautiful clothes that truly represent Hawai‘i have also created custom prints for the Girlas and Paula Fuga, so you know they’re cutting edge.

www.leichic.comKealopiko’s soft, fashionably cut shirts feature modern, original art that depicts Hawai‘i’s natural, cultural, and historical traditions—in a way that challenges you to rethink and honor the present and the past. Like their “Big Five” design, where the phrase usually used for the five businesses that had almost total economic control of the islands is reclaimed and bestowed on the first five Hawaiian monarchs whose images appear on the shirt.

Round up a fetching specimen for everyone on your list, then you can celebrate your clever conquest at the watering hole next door.

Tonight, 4-9.30 p.m. at The Coral Loft, 1033A Smith St. and Hotel, above Amy’s Place. View designs at



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