Kani Ka Lei Long Sleeve Aloha Shirt - Dove
This Long Sleeve Aloha Shirt features our Kani Ka Lei print on Dove fabric with Shale ink.
Kani Ka Lei
“Hanau ka Pipipi, o ke Kupe‘e kana keiki, puka”
“The Pipipi was born, the Kupe‘e was its offspring”
We gather kupe'e shells to make adornments for our hula performances. During the lowest tides and the darkest moon, the shell emerges out of the sand and feeds on the exposed rocks.
The kupe'e shells adds to the percussion of the dance. Kuha'o explains, “…at the moment we tie on the kupe'e, the spirit is ignited!”
Before threading onto the braided cords, each shell is placed in “position.” Sizing and placement is important to create an even and balanced lei of shells. Of course, colors plays an important role for aesthetics!
The name of this design layout refers to the sounds of the shells when we dance. Clicking and clucking, the shells add to the percussion of the hula.
Hang to dry.
Iron on reverse.
Do not dry clean.
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