This Long Sleeve Buttonup Aloha Shirt features our Hulihia Kīlauea print on Celery fabric with Pewter ink.
Over this past year here on Hawaiʻi island, we’ve witnessed one of the most explosive volcanic flows in a few decades. It’s this raw energy, destruction and creation that reminds us of our place in these environmental cycles. Recognition and regard for this energy is a prerequisite for living here in Hilo. Hulihia chants document historically these times of change. A shift of what is to what will be created.
A fresh flow at first look resembles a barren landscape but as a kid I’ve always marveled at the iridescence and reflective quality that new lava holds. This contradiction of a flow clearing the land and in turn creating new land is what Hulihia chants specialize in documenting.
Early television helped set style. The images that came across the screen were the most vivid of life outside of our islands. Subliminally, the clothes that Hollywood dressed the actors and actresses continue to affect my creativity today.Charleston Heston, Paul Newman, and Clint Eastwood wore long sleeve shirts. But it was what they did with the sleeves that stuck! Their rolled cuffs, just below the elbow, made it different - and cool. Pulling the rolled cuff above the elbow made another statement: getting down to business…Nowadays, long sleeves are always in my suitcase. Plane rides are often cold, evenings brisk, and you never want to be “under dressed.” Weekly meetings are comfortable. I am protected from the blazing, sunny afternoons in Kona.Our long sleeve aloha shirts just got an update! We slimmed out the sleeves (so they are not too “pirate looking”, mahalo ITO). Still trimmed out with our signature coconut buttons. Still hand printed in Honolulu…
100% Cotton, Model wearing size M.