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kō iwi

Kō Iwi is an indigenous owned, spiritually aligned brand based in New York that explores intersections of indigenous identity and the continuation of native excellence through (k)new, wearable experiences.

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Lili'uolani is the founder of Kō Iwi. She is a Kanaka Maoli interdisciplinary artist and designer based in Bedstuy. As a conduit, she exists between extremes—East and West, spiritual and physical, ancient knowledge and modern ingenuity. Recognizing that she exists in a peculiar space, she uses art as a means to perpetuate not only indigenous excellence, but everything that she finds good, lovely and honest in this world—a concept derived from

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka 'Āina I Ka Pono
[the Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness]

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Tribal affiliation: Kanaka Maoli

 

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