Atolls and the Aleutians.

Another idyllic morning on the Atoll. A warm soft breeze off the Pacific gently caresses the palm fronds and the tropical sun with its early dappled light sits low in its trajectory.
Behind the lagoon on the leeward side of the island where the PT boats are moored, stands the base laundry.
The Papa is in urgent conversation with Boats Mulcahey. In the background under a tree, Papa's side kick Moloko, is napping.
" Aww c'mon Boats, I need those t-shirts", the Papa pleads.
" Yeah yeah you're always needing something aren't you Papa, last week it was an ice machine and a dynamotor and the week before that an electric iron and a hot water heater, now you want more t-shirts! Geez, you damn near cleaned me out last time Papa, The Admiral even sent his shore patrol down here to see if they could recover his civvies!"
The Papa rubbed his stubbled chin and replied, " Well Boats you know how it gets, supply, demand, its the economics of free trade".
Boats spat, " You might call it free trade, but I call it black market. Papa you're just a huckster!"
" Now now Boats no need for name calling here", the Papa replied, " I'm just doing my bit. I've got an order to get up to our boys on the front and the Supply ships leave tonight.", he said.
" A dry goods salesman Papa, a damn mountebank! ahhh to hell with it alright alright!
But 30 is all you get! I can't spare anymore, as it is I best start thinking of an excuse for those two sub crews that put in the other day, boy when they find out their laundrys been appropriated, seesh! Go on take them now and git, and don't come back soon!"
"Thanks Boats," the Papa said genuinely as he hurriedly filled his kit to overflowing with the white T-shirts.

Back to Papa's quonset supply shack and the screenprinting whirls into action. An exclusive release. A new print. A celebration of our boys in the North. A gift from the Papa!

30 reclaimed t-shirts, all bearing the wear and tear of campaigns past, stained by distant battles forgotten on the road to victory.
Water based ink, hand printed hand washed and individually measured. Each shirt completely unique, no two holes the same.

Send $45 to the Papa now. PayPal
Measure your favourite tee across the chest and email the Papa, he will get Moloko to select a corresponding size from the Boats Mulcahey collection for you. International airmail to all destinations is absolutely FREE, none of that ebay fixed postage shit here folks!

Papa Nui, a product, a state of mind. Come live in Papa's world, it's pretty cool here, you'll like it!

'Coconuts' Kennedy, M.Nii Senators and the Papa.

'Coconuts' Kennedy was one of the Papa's founding members. 'Coconuts' was so named because the local Mary's thought that his thick shock of brown hair reminded them of the husk from a coconut. 'Coconuts' relished his mantle and proudly wore his Corsairs cap perched at a jaunty angle of the back of his head with his husk profusely sticking out the front.
Back in '43, he and the Papa zipped around the Blackett Straights at dawn in the pre-light looking for ideal reef breaks when the combination of wind and tide would be right to drag out their logs. Jumping from the deck of the PT and paddling into the shelf, 'Coconuts' and the Papa would ride the South Pacific swell lines drawing elegant patterns across those shallow draws.
Sometime after, the Papa heard from one of his coastwatchers that 'Coconuts' was involved in some sort of a collision with a destroyer and that he totalled that plywood canoe of his and that when he was finally rescued, the government flew him home and made him President of the United States. Whew! the Papa thought, not bad for a surf bum who only ever wore a pair of trunks and one of the Papa's caps.

Many years later the Papa received a letter from 'Coconuts'.

Hey Pops,
Wish you were here. Have been hanging out at Malibu with a new set of cronies, Lawford, Monroe, Chamberlain. Nice folks! Surfs been cranking but miss our sessions together. Hope all is well. Have found some new trunks and thought you'd be interested. See attached,
All the best Papa,
Your pal JFK.

Ahh the M.Nii's, yes the Papa knows, seem to remember a blogpost on this very subject not too long ago. This new style is called The Senator and with a legacy linking my 'ol friend Coconuts to this product, the Papa thought that to do him justice he would purchase a pair. Contrary to any previous discussions this short is quite the happening style, dare I say the perfect vintage short and worthy of any poolside weekender rendezvous? After a few paddling sessions the Papa must also concede that it ain't a bad surf trunk either, possessing that most wonderful combination of good looks practicality and purpose.

As this magazine attests, 'Coconuts', had quite the adventure out in the South Pacific. God's speed Skipper and rest in peace my friend, the Papa's thoughts are with you.

Bandana-Almanac posts on the Papa from the Sea of Japan.

A salute to the Papa from this most interesting blog.

Denim Hunters love the Papa.

AHOY! Convoys Avast! New Warm Wools for the Long Watch.

:Attention Papa Nui.Stop.Send more stuff.Stop.Convoys in the North Pacific and Liberty Ships bound for the Aleutians require warm wools for the long watch.Stop.Please help.Stop:

    Deep within the jungle curtain that conceals Papa Nui's secret island hideaway, an urgent message reaches the base signals office. A cry of help from the highest authority, The War Production Committee!
    The Papa muses. The cold remote North Pacific, immense, wild, watery and unshored. Not an environment close to the Papa's heart, perhaps its time to call in the big guns? 
    The Papa attempts to pull off a collab bigger than the Potsdam Agreement. England, Japan can you help? The answer? Negative! The initiative dead in the water. What to do?
An idea emerges, grows, the Papa breaks out the archives and researches. A decision is reached a battle cry declared.


   The Papa backs the attack one stitch at a time by assembling his team of expert knitters. They turn dense warm pure Australian Merino into a 10 ply service wool wonder, The Convoy Cap!
    Conceived from original Red Cross wartime patterns the Merino yarns are knitted in deckwatch black to create a Convoy Cap that will hold you through the darkest night, through tempest and typhoon and through winds as direful as any that lash the salted waves. 
     The Papa has done it again protecting the lifeline of freedom, providing you with non-regulation essentials for your kit.
     Help the Papa celebrate our heroic crews on the surface and beneath the silent seas.
Papa Nui's new Convoy Cap comes in deckwatch black and is free-sized. Each cap has been lovingly recreated with authentic details that include a circular needle construction technique ensuring no rubbing seams for maximum comfort, plus an original WWII redcross woven label as well as the addition of a period patriotic tinny pocket topper. 

     As always Papa Nui's products are extremely limited so don't delay a moment longer PayPal now and Remember Purl Harder!

Send $80 USD and receive your handmade 100% pure Australian Merino wool Convoy Cap.
International airmail postage is FREE to all destinations.

*Corncob and Convoy photoshoot care of Papa's sweetheart 'Giggles'.

Papa Nui Combat Corsairs Caps. The final push.

Men of the Battalion welcome to the Atoll News.
Scuttlebutt this week is that the PX is fast running down on sizes in the Papa's fabulous Combat Corsairs Cap. The Geedunk Officer reports that Jungle Patrol Green in sizes 57cm and 58cm are all gone however Beach Brown is still available. All other sizes still have both colour options but this situation is changing daily as the Battalion pushes closer to the front and requires more of Papa Nui's killer surf and supply equipment.
So if you've been sitting on the fence this past month waiting to buy then now is the time to jump in! Choose the colour of your cover and wear the Papa with pride. Summer is just beyond the horizon, trust me the Papa knows! And this season its going to be hotter than ever, hot enough to shrivel you up like a New England hag. So lay your plans, write the Papa and order your Combat Corsairs Cap. $75 gets you the cap of your choice plus FREE international airmail to all locations globally and then the honour of becoming a acclaimed Battalion member.
Papa Nui never your average 782.

Papa Nui wears the Eastman USN t-shirt.

How often do you read the description of products as being an authentic pattern based on a period original? All the time I bet, and yet you know its all bullshit but these companies honestly believe their customers will buy these claims. Well not this Papa!
Gary Eastman of the Eastman Leather Company has done what every other company claims to have done, except that this time its the real deal. Using several vintage WWII USN t-shirts as a base, Gary has used the best of Japanese manufacturing techniques to pull these originals apart stitch for stitch and then recreate them in especially loomed wheel-looped slub cotton jersey. The results are outstanding and worthy of the 2 years R&D it took to develop the idea.
The fit is awesome with a narrow and close fitting body shape with a shorter sleeve and a neck opening that is wider that a crew but not ridiculously scoopy either. In short, its about as perfect as you can get without buying a dead-stock original. This is high praise I know, but realistically this is perhaps the best t-shirt I've ever owned and coming from a part of the world where t-shirts are the au-rigueur you get to know real quick what's what.
Beautifully packaged and priced at UK 39.99 it's a must buy for any true enthusiast.

Packaged in a small printed cardboard container this tee is beautifully presented.

Fit reference, yes I knew you'd want to know about this so Giggles got her camera out to shoot this expose.
The Papa is wearing his new Corsairs Cap in Experimental Night Op's colourway and original American Optics aviators sunglasses.

Note fit: slim through the torso but not contemporary tight. Sleeve is short and fits just above the biceps. Neck opening is actually really flattering and doesn't choke rub and irritate like a crewneck tee does. Length is sufficient to tuck in and stay tucked but not too long as to not be worn out.

Sizing is genuine and accurate. In everyday wear I would normally wear a size medium, somewhere between a 38"-40" or around 18" across the shoulders ( the way I ensure vintage purchases fit me is always to know my shoulder measurement). In these photos I'm wearing a size 38". At first it appeared quite snug but after repeated washes and wearing the size is a beautiful fit, by far my favourite tee I own and the beginning of repeated purchases.

Nomenclature contract print is authentic and is reproduced exactly from the original samples.