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Father-son team’s designs feature isles’ natural beauty

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COURTESY NA MAKUA ORIGINAL HAWAIIAN DESIGNS
Nelson Makua stands beside a lineup of his fine art giclees. Part of the series was used as artwork for the annual Merrie Monarch Festival poster. The Hilo Seaside Hotel purchased the collection for display within the property.
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Among the services Nelson Makua Design offers, are image development and logo design, such as the pictured branding created for a company in American Samoa.
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Among the services Nelson Makua Design offers, are image development and logo design, such as the pictured branding created for a company in American Samoa.
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A sampling of the Na Makua line of Hawaiian-themed designs on T-shirts, tank tops, and racerback tank tops available on the Na Makua website and at events where the Hawaii island-based company’s products are sold.
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Kainoa, left, and Nelson Makua are owners and artists at Na Makua Original Hawaiian Designs on Hawaii island. Both are wearing Na Makua polo shirts, Kainoa’s with the Mano Kihikihi design and Nelson’s with the Koa Hopue design, part of their line of clothing bearing Hawaiian-themed artwork.