In the Hawaiian panthaeon of gods Ku is placed as one of the paramount and is said to have existed from eternity. In his many forms Ku is regarded as the god of war, the god of building and is associated with the cardinal direction of North and with the notion of strength & masculine energy in all life forms. The word ku in Hawaiian can also mean to stand, make upright or also to remain or to exist. Legend tells of Ku becoming the first 'Ulu or breadfruit tree in times of famine. Thereafter all ki'i (tiki or carved images) of Ku have been carved out of the trunk of an 'ulu tree, just as is depicted in the imagery of this Homegrown Hawaiian "Ku-the god of war" t-shirt design. Shown against a background of the Hawaiian flag this design incorporates a uniquely Hawaiian spirit and attitude of standing uprightly existing and remaining with the strength that is "Ku-the god of war."