SHARING TIMELESS HAWAIIAN TRADITION

The heart of the voyager

Aloha O Ka Wa’a collection

Remembering rich history

Embracing Timeless stories

Remind the ocean who you are

Wayfinding: the rich history of the voyager

Lean in closer…can you hear the brazen call of the conch shell? Can you feel the warm setting sun rest on your shoulder? Can you smell the salted waves hitting the side of the canoe with the rhythm of every stroke?

In such a fast paced world with everything at our fingertips, it is easy to forget to slow down and remember the stories of those who went before us. Stories of exploration, the grit to press through the storm…and the wisdom to change course.

The ancient peoples passed down these timeless stories though oral tradition, dance, and meaningful symbols.  Local artist Jeanne Bitz continues this tradition by capturing the spirit of the wayfinders in her piece: I WAI NO’U

A message from the artist:

"When Kimokeo Kapahulehua invited me to paddle in an outrigger canoe in the Summer of 2020, I did not know the impact it would have. I’m not an expert in Hawaiian or Oceanic cultures. I’m simply a person who was seeking, and has now been invited into, an abundance of healing truth and beauty. The puzzle pieces that I had gathered from my own work to repair my challenging life experiences were put together with paddling in a way that was more beautiful than I could imagine. I was able to experience a culture where people work together and meet others with curiosity rather than with judgement and separateness. If you are a paddler, you know this experience.

My hope for humanity is that we, as a group, want to know each other enough to learn a new language of love and peace. To work together. Build together. To ask permission before we take. In honor of all of my fellow humans who’ve risked big and stepped bravely into life’s messy, beautiful, heartbreaking, heart soaring adventures and come out the other side stronger and ready to fly – these stories are for you."       Jeanne Bitz - Maui, Hawaii 

I WAI NO’U Gallery Print

A story of epic adventures, adopted families, and overcoming monumental challenges, told through interpretive Polynesian pictograms.

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Hina Gallery Print

Throughout Oceanic cultures, the legend of Hina represents a fluid, powerful, extremely diverse woman who faces challenges. She continually shapes her own path going forward, retreats to heal, and rises up to risk again.

The women depicted in this painting are from diverse ethnic backgrounds and journeys as varied as Hina’s, each facing and overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges. If not for the canoe, their paths might never cross. But they come together to be stronger, to learn, to grow, to embark on grand adventures with a shared truth: when we come together, we can be the change we want to see in the world.

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Perfect for any space

Breathe new life into your home with these open edition prints. Designed to completely transform any space. This dream-like collection of Hawaiian inspired art blends rich colors with meaningful symbolism, perfect for all indoor living spaces. E Ala E print available soon.

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Explore stunning new products from the Aloha O Ka Wa’a collection.

Fine Art Greeting Cards
Fine Art Greeting Cards
Fine Art Greeting Cards
Fine Art Greeting Cards
These beautiful note cards, featuring the art of Jeanne Bitz, are the perfect way to let your friends and loved ones know you’re thinking of them. Whether you’re sending a thank you, sharing a laugh, or marking a special occasion, these cards are sure to make a lasting impression.
  • Greeting card measure 5” x 7” (portrait) or 7” x 5” (landscape)
  • High-quality custom card
  • Made of chlorine- and acid-free, archival-quality 120 lb. premium cardstock
  • Glossy finish
  • Professionally printed with sharp, vivid designs
  • Inside is blank 
  • White envelopes included
  • Produced in compliance with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
  • Made in USA
  • Packaging is biodegradable

Fine Art Greeting Cards

$5.00
Fine Art Note Cards - Set of 5
Fine Art Note Cards - Set of 5
Fine Art Note Cards - Set of 5
Fine Art Note Cards - Set of 5
These beautiful note cards, featuring the art of Jeanne Bitz, are the perfect way to let your friends and loved ones know you’re thinking of them. Whether you’re sending a thank you, sharing a laugh, or marking a special occasion, these cards are sure to make a lasting impression.
  • Each package contains 5 notecards of one image
  • Note cards measure 4.25” x 5.5” (portrait) or 5.5” x 4.25” (landscape)
  • High-quality cards made of acid- and chlorine-free, archival-quality 120 lb. premium cardstock
  • Matte finish
  • Professionally printed with sharp, vivid designs
  • Inside is blank
  • Sold in sets of 5
  • White envelopes included
  • Produced in compliance with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Made in USA
  • Packaging is biodegradable

Fine Art Note Cards - Set of 5

$20.00
I Wai No'u Pareo
I Wai No'u Pareo
I Wai No'u Pareo
I Wai No'u Pareo
I Wai No'u Pareo
I Wai No'u Pareo
I Wai No'u Pareo
I Wai No'u Pareo
I Wai No'u Pareo
I Wai No'u Pareo
I Wai No'u Pareo
I Wai No'u Pareo

This vibrant color I Wai No'u Pareo features a colorful Hawaiian depiction: a story of epic adventures, adopted families, and overcoming monumental challenges, told through interpretive Polynesian pictograms. Its incredibly soft print incorporates a series of intentional Hawaiian symbols to tell the Voyagers story.

  • Made with 100% polyester
  • Multi-use fabric for lounging on the beach, as a cover-up or for use as a wall tapestry
  • Soft to the touch and comfortable to wear
  • Wrap into a skirt, shawl, or strapless top
  • Perfect for a variety of occasions
  • Makes a great gift for friends and family

I Wai No'u Pareo

$79.99
Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Wahine (Love the Journey - Woman)
Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Wahine (Love the Journey - Woman)
Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Wahine (Love the Journey - Woman)
Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Wahine (Love the Journey - Woman)
Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Wahine (Love the Journey - Woman)

This comfortable performance hat titled "Love the Journey" features a colorful embroidered Hawaiian depiction of the Wahine (woman) and her paddle. Each crafted stitch is interwoven to incorporate a series of intentional Hawaiian symbols and their meanings…

  • The woman with paddle: direction, guide, leader
  • Hands together: unity, and hard work
  • Ears: to listen
  • Trochus Turtle Shell: family, navigator, union
  • Wa’a canoe: voyage, adventure, cooperation
  • Opposing waves: speed, travels, challenges overcome, travels, path of challenges, and journeys
UPF 50+
6 Panel Low Profile Baseball Cap
Cool Comfort Performance Stretchable Diamond Knit
95% Polyester 5% Spandex
Structured Firm Front Panel Low-Fitting

Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Wahine (Love the Journey - Woman)

$49.99
Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Kane (Love the Journey - Man)
Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Kane (Love the Journey - Man)
Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Kane (Love the Journey - Man)
Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Kane (Love the Journey - Man)
Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Kane (Love the Journey - Man)
Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Kane (Love the Journey - Man)
Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Kane (Love the Journey - Man)

This comfortable performance hat titled "Love the Journey" features a colorful embroidered Hawaiian depiction of the Kane (man) and his paddle. Each crafted stitch is interwoven to incorporate a series of intentional Hawaiian symbols and their meanings…

  • The man with paddle: direction, guide, leader
  • Hands together: unity, and hard work
  • Ears: to listen
  • Wa’a canoe: voyage, adventure, cooperation
  • Opposing waves with Koru, Baby Fern: new beginnings on difficult journeys
  • Honu, Sea Turtle Shell: navigator, union, family, protection, love
UPF 50+
6 Panel Low Profile Baseball Cap
Cool Comfort Performance Stretchable Diamond Knit
95% Polyester 5% Spandex
Structured Firm Front Panel Low-Fitting

Aloha I Ka Huaka'i - Kane (Love the Journey - Man)

$49.99
Giclée Stretched Canvas Print
Giclée Stretched Canvas Print
I Wai No'u Gallery Print
Giclée Stretched Canvas Print
I Wai No'u Gallery Print
I Wai No'u Gallery Print
I Wai No'u Gallery Print
Giclée Rolled Canvas Print
Giclée Poster Satin Photo Paper Print
Giclée Fine Art Matte Paper Print

Voyaging has always been a way of life for the Polynesian people. Drawn to the sea, they have long relied on their skills as Wayfinders to traverse great distances and discover new lands.

Inspired by the Polynesian Wayfinders, I Wai No'u represents the stories of these voyagers, their families, and the monumental challenges they overcame – told through interpretive Polynesian pictograms. These finely crafted prints make a beautiful addition to any home, and offer a unique perspective on the rich history and culture of paddlers.

I Wai No'u can be purchased in different formats and in multiple sizes to meet your needs.  

Canvas Prints:  Printed using a Giclee process with Pigment Ink on Premium Fine Art Matte Canvas (410g/m2). It is certified acid free, designed to meet art galleries' and museum's longevity requirements and ensure consistency of shades for up to 200 years old. Options include:

  • Stretched frame that includes 1.5" thick wood bars, a ready to hang wire attached to the back and felt pads for wall protection.
  • Rolled with a traditional 1.75” border of unprinted canvas on each side. This can be framed at your local framer.  

Fine Art Paper Prints:  Printed with Pigment Ink on Premium Archival Matte Paper offering a smooth, neutral-white, matte paper for high-quality fine art. The paper supports accurate color reproduction and high-contrast, high-resolution output, and is acid-free for a longer print life with pigment inks. It features a heavy weight (230g/m2), thick base (9.5 mil), and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging. These come with a 1.75” white border.

All art purchases are printed on demand. The typical lead time for stretched prints is 8 working days plus shipping time. The lead time for flat prints is 5 working days plus shipping time. All flat prints are shipped in strong tubes. Ground shipping is free to the continental US. Alaska and Hawaii shipping incur a cost that is calculated at checkout.

I Wai No'u Gallery Print

$200.00
Hina Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Hina Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Hina Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Hina Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Hina Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Hina Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Hina Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Hina Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Hina Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Hina Gallery Print - COMING SOON!

Throughout Oceanic cultures, the legend of Hina represents a fluid, powerful, extremely diverse woman who faces challenges. She continually shapes her own path going forward, retreats to heal, and rises up to risk again.

The women depicted in this painting are from diverse ethnic backgrounds and journeys as varied as Hina’s, each facing and overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges.

If not for the canoe, their paths might never cross. But they come together to be stronger, to learn, to grow, to embark on grand adventures with a shared truth: when we come together, we can be the change we want to see in the world.

 

Hina can be purchased in different formats and in multiple sizes to meet your needs.  

Canvas Prints:  Printed using a Giclee process with Pigment Ink on Premium Fine Art Matte Canvas (410g/m2). It is certified acid free, designed to meet art galleries' and museum's longevity requirements and ensure consistency of shades for up to 200 years old. Options include:

  • Stretched frame that includes 1.5" thick wood bars, a ready to hang wire attached to the back and felt pads for wall protection.
  • Rolled with a traditional 1.75” border of unprinted canvas on each side. This can be stretched or framed at your local framer.  

Fine Art Paper Prints:  Printed with Pigment Ink on Premium Archival Matte Paper offering a smooth, neutral-white, matte paper for high-quality fine art. The paper supports accurate color reproduction and high-contrast, high-resolution output, and is acid-free for a longer print life with pigment inks. It features a heavy weight (230g/m2), thick base (9.5 mil), and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging. These come with a 1.75” white border.

All art purchases are printed on demand. The typical lead time for stretched prints is 8 working days plus shipping time. The lead time for flat prints is 5 working days plus shipping time. All flat prints are shipped in strong tubes. Ground shipping is free to the continental US. Alaska and Hawaii shipping incur a cost that is calculated at checkout.

Hina Gallery Print - COMING SOON!

$200.00
Giclée Stretched Canvas Print
Giclée Stretched Canvas Print
Ia Wa'a Kialoa Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Ia Wa'a Kialoa Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Ia Wa'a Kialoa Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Ia Wa'a Kialoa Gallery Print - COMING SOON!
Ia Wa'a Kialoa Gallery Print - COMING SOON!

Ia Wa'a Kialoa (The Long Canoe) can be purchased in different formats and in multiple sizes to meet your needs. 

Canvas Prints:  Printed using a Giclee process with Pigment Ink on Premium Fine Art Matte Canvas (410g/m2). It is certified acid free, designed to meet art galleries' and museum's longevity requirements and ensure consistency of shades for up to 200 years old. Options include:

  • Stretched frame that includes 1.5" thick wood bars, a ready to hang wire attached to the back and felt pads for wall protection.
  • Flat with a traditional 1.75” border of unprinted canvas on each side. This can be framed at your local framer.  

Fine Art Paper Prints:  Printed with Pigment Ink on Premium Archival Matte Paper offering a smooth, neutral-white, matte paper for high-quality fine art. The paper supports accurate color reproduction and high-contrast, high-resolution output, and is acid-free for a longer print life with pigment inks. It features a heavy weight (230g/m2), thick base (9.5 mil), and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging. These come with a 1.75” white border.

All art purchases are printed on demand. The typical lead time for stretched prints is 8 working days plus shipping time. The lead time for flat prints is 5 working days plus shipping time. All flat prints are shipped in strong tubes. Ground shipping is free to the continental US. Alaska and Hawaii shipping incur a cost that is calculated at checkout.

Ia Wa'a Kialoa Gallery Print - COMING SOON!

$200.00
Giclée Stretched Canvas Print
Giclée Stretched Canvas Print
E Ala E Gallery Print
E Ala E Gallery Print
E Ala E Gallery Print
E Ala E Gallery Print
E Ala E Gallery Print
E Ala E Gallery Print

The chant E Ala E welcomes the arrival of the sun. Like many Hawaiian chants, songs and poetry it has many hidden meanings. E Ala E welcomes a new day, a new beginning.  All that has happened yesterday, stays there. Today is a new day and a chance to make things better.

The sun is caressing, heating up and bringing life to the paddlers.  The paddlers are adorned in kihei, the color of the deepest ocean.

When chanting E Ala E, the chanters face the sun and only the steersman has his paddle in the water.  This painting depicts the moment the steersman says “Imua!”  The chant finishes with E Ala E, rise up! All the paddlers are on one side to develop unity and work together, in sync.

Clothed in the riches of the ocean experience, hand on the paddles, paddles in the water - they are connected to each other and the ocean. 

This is the moment they take action.

 

E Ala E can be purchased in different formats and in multiple sizes to meet your needs. 

Canvas Prints:  Printed using a Giclee process with Pigment Ink on Premium Fine Art Matte Canvas (410g/m2). It is certified acid free, designed to meet art galleries' and museum's longevity requirements and ensure consistency of shades for up to 200 years old. Options include:

  • Stretched frame that includes 1.5" thick wood bars, a ready to hang wire attached to the back and felt pads for wall protection.
  • Flat with a traditional 1.75” border of unprinted canvas on each side. This can be framed at your local framer.  

Fine Art Paper Prints:  Printed with Pigment Ink on Premium Archival Matte Paper offering a smooth, neutral-white, matte paper for high-quality fine art. The paper supports accurate color reproduction and high-contrast, high-resolution output, and is acid-free for a longer print life with pigment inks. It features a heavy weight (230g/m2), thick base (9.5 mil), and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging. These come with a 1.75” white border.

All art purchases are printed on demand. The typical lead time for stretched prints is 8 working days plus shipping time. The lead time for flat prints is 5 working days plus shipping time. All flat prints are shipped in strong tubes. Ground shipping is free to the continental US. Alaska, Hawaii and expedited shipping incur a cost that is calculated at checkout.

E Ala E Gallery Print

$200.00
Ike I Ka Huaka’i  (Experience the Journey)
Ike I Ka Huaka’i  (Experience the Journey)
Ike I Ka Huaka’i  (Experience the Journey)
Ike I Ka Huaka’i  (Experience the Journey)
Ike I Ka Huaka’i  (Experience the Journey)

Ike I Ka Huaka’i means Experience the Journey.

This comfortable performance hat features a colorful embroidered Hawaiian depiction of sacred elements in pictograms.  Each crafted stitch is interwoven to incorporate a series of intentional Hawaiian symbols and their meanings.

Achieving mastery is a result of thousands of hours of hard work - and then pushing further.  The all-seeing eye, flying with the trade winds, listening with all the senses dancing together after developing skill fluency; this experience is worth working for.  
  • Messengers: emissaries of the gods, having divine powers, sacred journeys, and discovery
  • All-seeing eye: protection
  • Mountains, Ku: upright, standing firm, stability, home of the gods, seclusion, islands, destinations, and goals met
  • Anuenue (Rainbow): connection to the gods, messenger for her brothers Kane and Kanaloa
UPF 50+
6 Panel Low Profile Baseball Cap
Cool Comfort Performance Stretchable Diamond Knit
95% Polyester 5% Spandex
Structured Firm Front Panel Low-Fitting

Ike I Ka Huaka’i (Experience the Journey)

$49.99

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Inspired by the history of paddlers 

Watch this video to learn about the pictogram symbolism and the  inspiration behind I Wai No'u, by Jeanne Bitz.  The ancient Polynesian and Hawaiian pictograms tell a deeper story behind the traditions of the wa'a (outrigger canoe).

The History and Culture of the Outrigger Canoe

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Giving back to the culture

Each purchase of our Aloha O Ka Wa'a products at Full Circle Ocean Gear helps to perpetuate Native Hawaiian culture and protect our environment. Every purchase helps support the efforts of the Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Voyaging Society.  Their mission is to promote sustainability, environmental health and respect for Mother Earth and humankind through the preservation, education and perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture through protocol, voyaging and the way of life on the canoe.