This Buttonup Aloha Shirt features our Ponoholo print on Lagoon fabric with Bahama Blue and White ink.
Our 'ohana delivers our latest collaborative piece featuring art by Nalani Kanaka'ole, Kuha'o and myself. Featuring hand-cut images, the elements were inspired by the theme for a pop-up event in Waikiki in June 2011. Our family travels inter-island often. The play on words in the print's name, Ponoholo, meaning the savvy traveler, bridges the concept of travel between the modern and traditional. Uluhoku represents the galaxy. Migrations depended upon constellations to plot sailing routes, no matter the season. Kai a Lupe (by Nalani) interprets the movement of ocean animals in large groups during seasonal transitions. Moving in great numbers provides protection and a physical and mental connection. Kamohoali'i is Pele's eldest brother and the steersman for the family. He is represented as the kaula, the braided rope, the cohesiveness in family and in practice.
Inspired by the ivy-league shirts of the early 1900s, the fabric designs are pure Hawai‘i, and the look is pleasingly fresh. The Buttonup 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!