This collab is a special one to myself and Kea. As part of this Kakoʻo collection, I will be donating proceeds from this item to the ʻŌhiʻa Love Seed Storage Project. This project supports UH's Lyon Arboreteum Seed Conservation Lab to collect and preserve ōhiʻa seeds from all islands for future forest restoration.
I asked Kea to share with me (and you) the meaning behind this special design, Kamanuʻailehua. Please take a minute to at least read what she wrote:
"Kamanuʻailehua refers to the native birds who drink the nectar of the ʻōhiʻa lehua blossom and is part of the name given to my son at birth. This name carries special meaning in our ʻohana as it appears multiple times in our moʻokūauhau and was intended to bridge the gap between generations. Some of the birds depicted are now extinct, but I feel it is our kuleana to intertwine them into this design so that we can learn from the past and change our actions in order to help shape the future our keiki will be living in. Birds depicted: ʻiʻiwi, mamo, ʻapapane, ʻakiapōlāʻau, ʻōʻō. Some of these birds are threatened, some are critically endangered, and sadly - some are extinct. These birds and many other animals heavily rely on a balanced ecosystem, with the nectar of lehua blossoms in particular."
These masks are made of 2 layers of fabric - an outer polyester layer and an inner cotton layer. These are washable and reusable.
There is no pocket for a filter. It is one size for teens & adults. Keiki size is for approx ages 5-13. It can fit a toddler but may be larger on their face.
It has adjusters on the ear loops for a custom fit.
Pictured: Kalei is 5 years old and Kili is 2.5 years old. Both are wearing the keiki mask. I am wearing the adult size in the photo but I can also fit the keiki size mask.
Elastic may contain latex.
Wash prior to use.
Pattern & Logo placement may vary.
Please understand that our face masks are not a replacement for medical grade Personal Protective Equipment, and in circumstances where medical grade Personal Protective Equipment is recommended, you should consult a health care professional. The decision to use this mask is solely your own.
A homemade mask is not considered true PPE, and will not be quite as effective as using a medical grade, disposable mask. The CDC recommends all masks should cover the entire front (including below the chin) and sides of the face.
The CDC has considered homemade face masks to be used as a last resort in hospitals and medical facilities. Masks made from cotton and elastic certainly won't harm civilians at home or when going out, as long as you're also following other protocols to stay safe.
Please remember that use of face masks is not intended to replace other recommended measures to stop the community spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, washing your hands and refraining from touching your face. Follow the latest advice of the CDC and your own health care professionals as to how best to keep yourself safe.