The first round of the Maui Invitational kicked off Monday night, giving college hoops fans an early season look at tournament play. The event, held each year in Lahiana, Hawaii, during Thanksgiving week, features competition among the nation’s top basketball programs. Some of this year’s participating teams include Kansas, Michigan, UCLA, and Tennessee, along with host school Chaminade, all of whom will be outfitted with special gear and shoes provided by adidas. The range consists of a shooting shirt emblazoned with a stylized graphic depiction of Ku, the Hawaiian god of war, designed by local artist Che Pilago of Moku Nui apparel. The patterned arcs above Ku’s visage represent the striving to achieve one’s goals, the braided ropes to the left and right stand for unity, and the overall triangular shape symbolizes the drawing of strength from the islands. The assortment is finished with the adiZero Crazy Light and Crazy 8 basketball shoes, plus the X-Hale Low training shoe for coaches, all done up in bright blue as a celebration of Maui’s tropical waters.