On the brink of Kukui High School’s national television debut, the KHS Alumni Association is proud to announce that it has partnered with leading local apparel shop Butigroove to offer a striking, simple Kukui High T-shirt at its two retail locations as well as online.
Buoyed by the resurgence in school pride sparked by the recent appointment of two KHS grads to Gov. Pat Jameson’s newly formed crime task force, the Butigroove deal makes it easier for fans to get their hands on quality KHS gear.
“We printed a few on our own through a friend, but quickly sold out, and we were nearly overwhelmed with the challenges of inventory and fulfillment,” said lead designer Valentino Valdez. “Working with B.J. [Sabate] at Butigroove is ideal, as he’s got the talent and the cred to help take things to the next level.”
The first shirts are coming hot off the press today, just as the third episode of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” hits the airwaves. In tonight’s episode, the task force investigates a shocking crime on the KHS campus.
“While our football games do get heated at times, we’re sure the viewing public is smart enough to know that there aren’t shootings in the stands,” said Vice Principal Rap Bumatai. “If not, well, hopefully they’ll blame the ‘Kukui Kings’ instead of the ‘Fighting Nuts.’”
The first run of “Kukui High 5-0” shirts are red on white, 100% alstyle preshrunk cotton tees and are available for $25. Plans are in the works for additional varieties, including sports apparel and other logo items. Butigroove has the first exclusive license to make and sell items under the KukuiHigh.com brand.
“We’ve already seen other Kukui High stuff out there, and to be sure, anyone can make a shirt,” Valdez said. “But we hope people look for officially licensed KukuiHigh.com gear as a sign of quality, school pride, and affection for nuts.”
For more information, contact Butigroove at (808) 589-2884. Store locations are at 500 Piikoi St., across from Ala Moana Center, and at 2960 Mokumoa St. in Mapunapuna.