Have you ever seen boyfriends or girlfriends with their significant others name tattooed on their body? How do you feel about it? I often say to myself, “Wow, that’s ridiculous!” The reason I sometimes feel that way is because once a name is tattooed onto a body it is permanent! Boyfriends, girlfriends, even husbands and wives separate, but the bond of twins and sisterhood is permanent whether it’s tattooed or not.
I sometimes see mothers or fathers getting their children’s names tattooed on them, and to me, that is also a very strong loving bond between parent and child, similar to the bond my twin sister and I share. The behavior of getting a name permanently tattooed on your body is caused by the committed relationship and love that is forever shared.
When we turned 19, we both wanted to get a tattoo, but not knowing exactly what we wanted. In the Hawaiian culture, tattoos aren’t about just throwing on a couple stars or hearts here and there; it’s about meaning, and definition. We both thought very hard about it for a while before we even considered getting tattoos. We both asked ourselves, what is the most important part of my life? What makes me whole? Ironically as it may seem, we both agreed that the most important part of our individual lives were, well, …. each other.
We decided to draw out specific polynesian symbols that describe our relationship.
The waves symbolized our endless tide of love that flows between each other.
The bamboo and koa wood illustrates the firm and strong bond we share.
The Tiare flower in the middle of the tattoo is our older sister Ku’uwehi. She doesn’t know that, but she is the one who holds our family together. She is the glue to our sisterly bond. And although she may not be a twin, our connection and love for her is very strong.
Lastly, we both decided to tattoo each others Hawaiian names on one another. I got the name Kahea which is my twin sisters name, and she got my name, Kapua.
Until this day, yes we fight and argue and dislike each other for a couple hours, but not for one second would I regret having gotten her name on my body; cause this is a FOREVER KIND OF LOVE.
I love you Kahealani