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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

“Cherishing the Reflection”

Hula Aihaa and Ka Hana Kapa are practices that continue to illustrate unparalleled craft and skill. The memory of Technique is a component in the NDA of our people that preserves in this contemporary world. This skill set is a reminder and premonition – at the same time. Exploring, practicing, perfecting, and evolving the specific skill set, determination and commitments are rewarded.

Last January, the Halau O Kekuhi and Ka Poe Hana Kapa brought forth a collaborated effort of chant, dance, and cloth. The metaphor of the oloa (the kappa), the chanting, and the aihaa, is the fusion of societies and encourages the longevity of the practices that we steward.

Capturing the individual – moments before the performance – we discover a sense of acceptance of skill and craft about to unfold. Deftly they move. Adept is the execution. Cherished are the reflections!

“What is your craft?
How are you carrying this skill set into the future and make it applicable to now and the future?”

Creative Director: Kuhao Zane
Photography: Paul Kema
Photo Director: Brandy-Alia Serikaku

- Sig Zane

The Blessing of Waiola Coconut Water

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Waiola Blessing from Waiola Life on Vimeo.

Sig and Kuha‘o Zane take the viewer on a journey to Kumukahi on Hawai‘i Island to consecrate Waiola coconut water to the world. In Hawaiian culture a blessing is a paramount act and necessary for anything to be done righteously. With the necessary spiritual protocols–chanting by Kuha‘o and offering prepared by Sig–the essence of the “Waiola Life” is created. This video was shot and edited by longtime Contrast homie, Luke Aguinaldo.

Congratulations @SigZaneDesigns!

Monday, February 11th, 2013

For Hawai‘i residents on Moloka‘i and Lana‘i, and for travelers to those communities – both kama‘aina and visitor – ‘Ohana by Hawaiian will provide safe, reliable, on-time air service, fully integrated with the Hawaiian Airlines network, offering seamless connectivity throughout the Islands, and onto North America and the Asia-Pacific regions. ‘Ohana by Hawaiian will provide convenience, quality and authentic Hawaiian hospitality for all who travel to and from these island communities. The name ‘Ohana, the Hawaiian word for family, also conveys the mission of the new operation: bringing people together from near and far. Through its mission of connecting communities, ‘Ohana by Hawaiian will help provide kinship, promote exchange and enrich local economies. The aircraft design for the new brand has been created by renowned Hawai‘i designer Sig Zane, and incorporates traditional kapa fabric print elements that represent three symbols of our brand values, rooted in Hawaiian culture.

Hangover 3: Merrie Monarch

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Video and Images by Luke Aguinaldo

Vans Vault Mauka Makai Release Party from Sharks & Rays on Vimeo.

“To celebrate the release of the Mauka & Makai Pack. Kicks/Hi, Sig Zane Designs and Vans Vault took over the Wai’oli Lounge in Hilo Hawai’i during Merrie Monarch Week to party Hilo style.

From the beach to the mountains, Sig Zane for KICKS/HI links with Vans Vault on a pair of releases, which make up the “Mauka to Makai” Pack. The set consists of Vans’ Era LX Premium as well as the Chukka Boot LX Premium, as the Era notes Makai inspiration (the beach) and the Chukka Boot sees a connection with Mauka (the mountains). You can expect the range to become available on April 14 through appropriated retailers such as KICKS/HI in Honolulu and Guam, Sig Zane Designs in Hilo and Saint Alfred in Chicago. They will be available online April 16th at kickshawaii.com.

Merrie Monarch is the prime time to experience the best of Hawaiian language and culture in Hilo. This is when world renown Kumu Hulas, Hawaiian musicians and performers alike gather and celebrate for a whole week. The Wai’oli Lounge release party was no exception, Kumu Hula and Merrie Monarch judge Nalani Kanakaole was the main attraction that night, and at her call her Halau O Kekuhi dancers performed for the guests. We also were graced with Na Hoku Hanohano 2012 Nominee Female Singer of the Year Lehua Kalima, Kumu Hula Napua Makua and her lovely ladies of Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka, Merrie Monarch 2012 winner Kumu Hula Manu Boyd, falsetto singer Bulla Ka’iliwai, and Hilo native Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole to end the night. It was truly an honor to have all of these guests in the same room the night of Kahiko competion!

We would also like to mahalo our sponsors for letting us put on a Hilo celebration! Mahalo to Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Cazadores, Bacardi, Contrast, Vans, KICKS/HI, and Sig Zane Designs! It wouldn’t have been possible with out you and your support!!”

-Kuha’o Zane,
Sig Zane Designs

The following images were shot with an 80’s Leica Mini Zoom point and shoot, 35mm:

Moku O Keawe International Festival

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Moku O Keawe - NOV 3/4/5 - 2011 from Adam Palumbo on Vimeo.

Through enriching, and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts, the Moku O Keawe Foundation will build, strengthen, and inspire the living cultural traditions of Hawai`i.

Sig Zane Unveils Sculpture Tonight (6-8 pm) at Halekulani Hotel, Hau Terrace

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Citizens of the Window Seat:  June7 | 6 – 8pm | Hau Terrace, Halekulani
Sig will unveil new art work. Lecture and Q&A with Sig, Nalani and Kuha‘o.

Come talk design process at Piano and Bubbles at the Parc Hotel from 4-6 pm today

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

DESIGN PROCESS in the Creative Life of the Kanaka’ole Zane ‘Ohana from Interisland Terminal on Vimeo.

Hilo = Braid by Henry Mochida

Monday, May 30th, 2011

HILO BRAID from Interisland Terminal on Vimeo.


Citizen of the Window Seat

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

ITO in the Creative Life of the Kanaka’ole Zane ‘Ohana from Interisland Terminal on Vimeo.

Citizen of the Window Seat
By Daniel Ikaika Ito
Inspired by Kūha‘o Zane

Fueled by a doppio espresso,
I navigate the Interisland Terminal
Like a young Nainoa Thompson
In the Kealaikahiki Channel.
Living Ponoholo (Travelwright):
Hawaiian or go!
This Hawaiian will go:
Up, up and away
From #ITO2HNL (Hilo to Honolulu).
The sun is rising
As I board the Bird.
Smiling at the flight attendant,
Saying “Good Morning,”
Looking so fresh on the flight,
My Aloha swag is so frickinʻ tight
Because I just might
Sit next to a super model or a billionaire.
I’d like to share my mana‘o
And pick their brain.
I’m sporting latest Sig Zane.
For I’m a “Citizen of the Window Seat.”

As soon as I sit down,
When the seat belt clicks,
It’s the sound to start
My morning meeting with Inspiration.
I whip out my iPad and Moleskine.
You must take notes
When conversing with a muse.
In this high altitude,
Where there is no oxygen
Creativity thrives.
When I was still young boy,
My pops told me:
Ideas are floating above us.
It just depends who goes and gets it.
I’m a go-getter.
I’m a jet-setter.
Seeing the islands pass by below
Is a thought-provoking process
Similar to people watching at a coffee shop.
Instead of pedestrians though,
I prefer watching landmasses pass by
While I effectively use my time
As a “Citizen of the Window Seat.”

On the tarmac–
The familiar screech of the plane’s wheels
And the cabin shaking means
Meeting is adjourned.
The pen and paper are temporarily put away,
Yet the new ideas are still swirling in my mental.
Going to change the game again
What’s the point:
Of doing the same damn thing over and over again.
A culture needs to grow to survive
And I want Hawaiiana to thrive.
Walking off the jetway
With a pep in my step
Ready to make this day my bitch.
Too early to feel tired.
I’m feeling so very inspired
A very proud “Citizen of the Window Seat.”

Travelwright: Guiding the saavy jetsetter

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Travelwright in the Creative Life of the Kanaka’ole Zane ‘Ohana from Interisland Terminal on Vimeo.

Daniel Ikaika Ito/Contrast Magazine

An airport is a noisy place, yet a Travelwright knows how to harmonize in this environment. They navigate the terminal ike a John Legend song– smoothly with classic charm and modern appeal. Time is a factor. Being alert and conscious of your surroundings and others make everybody’s life a little easier. Nalani, Sig and Kuha‘o routinely make interisland and international business trips. They are masters of moving through airports quickly without hassle. Whether it’s Hilo to Honolulu, or Honolulu to Haneda, this family knows the ins and outs of traveling. Here are 10 tips on how to Ponoholo (Travelwright):

1. Check-in online. Get on your laptop, mobile or iPad and lock down that seat at least 90 minutes before your flight. An experienced “Citizen of the Window Seat” will always reserves their favorite chair on the plane in advance.

2. Pack lightly and travel with quality luggage. “When you’re packing you really need to identify what you have and try to do it in as small a container as possible,” suggests Nalani. “My tip for traveling is: If you’re going to buy luggage then buy the best because it lasts a long time, you won’t have any problems and the problems usually arise when the luggage arrives.” Cheap suitcases or bags are easily mishandled by the airlines and that’s when your luggage shows up with missing wheels or broken handles. “Buy the expensive stuff,” she says about luggage.

3. Get rolling luggage that spins. Kuha‘o takes it to the next level and demands a suitcase with a functional innovation. “You need a suitcase with four wheel,” he says about luggage that can spin. “Whenever you have your hands full and you need to shuffle something around you can just kick your suitcase and it will move on your own and you can pick up where you left off.”

4. Sunglasses are a must. Not only do they make you look stylish, they are necessary for a comfortable nap on a flight. “There is no way you can look cool sleeping on an airplane without sunglasses,” says Kuha‘o. “You can have your mouth open on a plane and if you have a good pair of sunglasses you would still look cool sleeping.”

5. “You need to always be ready,” says Sig about what to pack. “We don’t know if we’re going to swim in a special waterfall that we’ve never been to, or if we’re going to be at a Baby Lu‘au […] and you have to be ready for the cold. The Travelwright is the savvy guy who knows how to be prepared.”

6. Don’t get it twisted, homie: Pack electronics, chargers and cords in a separate pouch. “Take along a really good travel pouch and make sure it’s as thin as possible,” says Nalani.

7. Parking a vehicle at the airport is a necessity. It’s a tax write off and allows the Travelwright to seamlessly transition from ground to air says Sig Zane. Why inconvenience somebody just to save money?

8. Be sweet and courteous to others. Whether it’s the ticket agent, TSA officer, keiki or kupuna, there is always an opportunity to make someone’s day better while voyaging. Politeness opens doors– first class seats, a free drink or great conversation. “Etiquette and courtesy to the fellow human being is so important,” explains Sig. “In travel we so often have very close encounters and you have to be giving […] you respect their space and you honor their age or if they have any disabilities. We can all make it easy for everybody.”

9. Don’t wear any metal when going through security checkpoint and your footwear should be easily slipped on and off. “Don’t wear your jewelry when you’re going through the TSA line,” says Nalani. “If you’re gonna use sneakers, tie it up so you can slip it off and slip it off. Only amateurs beep going through the metal detectors.

10. A moleskine, notebook, laptop or iPad is necessary. You need something to take down notes and ideas because the terminal and plane are inspiring places. “The time that we spend in the airport and the time that we spend in the airplane, we can all make use of that consciously,” explains Sig.