This Buttonup Aloha Shirt features our Hōmaikaʻohe print on Saffron fabric with Goldfish and Lemon ink.
Just north of Hilo, a famous bamboo grove is said to have been planted by demigods Kane'apua and Kanaloa. The bamboo from this grove, Homaika'ohe (Bring-forth-the-bamboo), were made into knives for the traditional subincision ritual performed on boys.
Our most recent design of the bamboo was inspired by a hula workshop that Nalani taught. There were implements, the 'ohe ka'eke'eke, musical pipes used as percussion instruments.
In gathering the bamboo, I was taken by the long slender internodes, the calm in the surrounding forest, and the special light that filtered through the leaves.
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!
100% Cotton, Model wearing size M.