This Buttonup Aloha Shirt features our Hekili Keʻekeʻe print on Dill fabric with Silver ink.
Upon Hiʻiaka's return to Hawaiʻi from Kauaʻi with Lohiʻauipo, she faces her sister Pele's jealousy and rage. Kīlauea is under siege as explosive and land-changing eruptions take place. “Hulihia Kīlauea” is chanted by Lohiʻau, describing elemental storms and the ravaging of the land.
We approached this ʻohe kāpala design beginning with the chant. Reciting it over and over became the inspiration for the graphics and its repetitive format. The balance of positive and negative spaces within the design reflect the actions of Pele and Hiʻiaka. Each ʻohe kāpala was cut by Sig in the size of an actual ʻohe. After we imported the artwork into computers, Kūhaʻo arranged this final composition.
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!
100% Cotton, Studio model is 5'8" and wearing a size M.