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Tradition of the Ki’i

Ki’i (carved image or figure) is a Hawai’i art form created to represent ancient akua (gods) and family ‘aumakua (ancestral guardian deities). They could be found guarding the entrance to sacred sites or marking important boundaries cautioning visitors to avoid breaking kapu (law). While there are many styles of Ki’i that are distinct to each island and region, the most commonly depicted are the Kona style found on the island of Hawai’i. The Kona Bottle is a representation of ki’i found there, recreated directly from the carving of a local artisan. When you use it, remember your visit to Hawai’i – and preserve your mana (life energy) by keeping hydrated.