This Pullover Aloha Shirt features our Hōʻīnana print on Windsor fabric with White and Gold ink.
The students of Kanu O Ka ʻĀina Charter School in Waimea asked for a design for their graduating class of 2018. After our meeting, I realized they were a class of strong individuals who would not let their circumstances stop them from achieving and being the best they could be.
Honoring the rain and warrior spirit of Waimea, Brandy used the ihe artwork to create the Kīpuʻupuʻu rain pattern. In our design meetings with the class, they chose the ʻōhiʻa lehua as their main element. However instead of one tree or blossom, we chose a forest of ʻōhiʻa to represent the class as a new chapter of their growth. The two elements represent the relationship between this class and their hometown, and a new responsibility to return and nourish Waimea.
The name Hōʻīnana refers to a process. Like a seed that becomes a plant when it starts to grow. Similar to a new lava flow, covering old land, but soon blossoms with new life. The students graduate and become adults in our community. The process continues!
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 S.