The final piece of Fitted Hawai‘i’s Wai‘ale‘ale collection is the brand’s first cut and sew bottom:a lightweight polyester/spandex blend, featuring 4-way stretch hybrid walk short that drops tomorrow at Fitted, Blue Hawaii Surf and online. As Jordan Hart demonstrates in these images the piece can also be worn as board shorts as well. For everyday use, the designers kept the standard four pockets (two front and two back) and also added a mesh lining within the pockets for water and sand drainage as it transitions into the ocean.
The back right pocket also features an elastic key loop, commonly found on boardshorts. Belt loops were added to keep the walk short functionality, and we’ve also added a drawstring waistline, which pulls from around the waist similar to sweatpant drawstrings, rather than the eyelet lacing style of traditional boardshorts. It also features a waterproof reverse zipper and velcro closure system. Small details are seen throughout, like the drawstring aglets which feature a black and white trilock print, metallic silver logo and custom care instructions on the inner waistline, and our Mil-Spec patch on the right seam.
The name of the hybrid walk shorts is inspired by the ‘A‘ama crab (Grapsus tenuicrustatus), a species of crustacean that was introduced to Hawai‘i by Polynesians. This thin-shelled Rock crab is commonly found on all shorelines around the Hawaiian Islands. The ‘A‘ama is a Hawaiian delicacy that is often served raw at lū‘au and is also good bait for catching large fish.
Ancient Hawaiians observed the ‘A‘ama crabs natural skill of climbing over wet rocks near the shoreline and they composed many ‘ōlelo no‘eau (proverbs) about the crustacean. One of these are said in regards to a person who goes beyond their limit:
Pi‘i mai nei i ka plai me he ‘a‘ama la (Climbs the cliff like a black crab).