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Lovelyn P
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Bought this for my son. We love it! Love the quality, artistry, and material. Great turn around time too! Service is wonderful! Greatly appreciate how they follow up with their customers. Highly recommend to everyone.

O. Piʻimoku
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Mahalo for an awesome bag. All but one of my bags are crossbody, from everyday use to elegant style. I’m busy and I love the ease of traveling with my hands free. As a kanaka maoli, I’ve been looking and waiting for a crossbody bag with a Polynesian tribal design, and finally you’ve created it.

Ed Kalua
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I wanted a cool wallet, but I’m also very particular about quality and the configuration. This wallet is perfect in every way. I love it and will give the array of designs to all my friends and family next holidays.

Q - aka Sulu'ape Akiu "Q" Sale

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Q  - aka Sulu'ape Akiu "Q" Sale
Q - Sulu'ape Akiu "Q" Sale
Akiu "Q" Sale is known everywhere as Q (that's how his first name sounds when you drop the A)  He is both a true artist as well as an entrepreneur at heart.  He's also a perfectionist, who even makes his own tattoo machines because nothing else will do.  
Born in Hawaii, Q grew up in American Samoa in a family of artists on his father's side. On his mother's side, he is related to the Sulu'ape family (Sua Sulu'ape Alaiva'a Petelo calls him his nephew, and Q considers "the old man" his biggest artistic influence).
Always an entrepreneur, Q opened the first tattoo shop in American Samoa, offering an alternative to the traditional tatau that Samoans were familiar with. He returned to Oahu in 1998 where he was one of a tiny group of tattoo artists who worked with Polynesian motifs well before the renaissance of Hawaiian and Pacific islander culture made polynesian tattoo style first popular in the islands and and then into a huge worldwide trend.
Q and his art have been featured in a number of books, including Tricia Allen's seminalThe Polynesian Tattoo Today, the cult-series Frank 151 Chapter 35: Samoa,  and Sean Mallon's and Sebastien Galliot's amazing work TATAU. A history of Samoan Tattooing. 
He was elevated to Sulu'ape in November 2019 in Samoa. 
See more of Q's art at www.instagram.com/polynesianworks, or make an appointment with him via text at 808-358-9803

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