This Buttonup Aloha Shirt features our Hale o Lono print on Raisin fabric with Wine and Roasted Pecan ink.
Hale O Lono is the name of a loko kuapa in Keaukaha, Hawai'i, built for the ali'i Kalaninui'iamamao, also known as Lonoikamakahiki. Within this walled structure is a vibrant ecosystem, one which the students of Ke Ana La'ahana Public Charter School both contribute to the care of - as well as learn from. There are three elements of this design, each significant to the Class of 2012 as they have chosen these to be a part of their legacy print.
The lei hala not only represents a Puhala tree whose roots reach directly into the pond, it is also a symbol of the completion of high school. The walls of the pond have been rebuilt twice in the students' tenure at Hale O Lono because of the destructive nature of tsunamis. The selection of pohaku is important in making a strong structure, and yet one flexible enough to allow the ocean to move through its walls. These rebuilding experiences strengthened their commitment to the pond. Finally, the makaha sluice gates which control the movements of the pond allow the good in and let the excess out. Like the makaha, the students have learned how to take the good and the bad in life. These graduates will carry these life lessons learned from Hale O Lono within themselves, and they will take them into the greater community.
Inspired by the ivy-league shirts of the early 1900s, the fabric designs are pure Hawai‘i, and the look is pleasingly fresh. The Buttondown is an open front, tapered shirt with a full length placket, while The Pullover features a half placket and is designed slightly wider to allow over-the-head dressing with ease. Coconut buttons are featured on the stand-up, button-down collar and on the front placket. Tuck it in or leave it out over the trousers for a more casual look. Either way, it's the perfect touch of crisp aloha!