This Mōhalu Dress features our Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai design on Jungle fabric with Lemon Ice ink.
Aunty Edith Kanakaole penned this mele during one of her trips to the Temple in La'ie. The smell of the lipoa seaweed on the beaches was a memorable aspect of the drive from Kane'ohe to La'ie. The love of limu and its many characteristics is an important part of life on an island. Elements of a life spent near the ocean show up in this design that depicts the lipoa, ocean currents, kupe'e, and the eyes of a fishnet.
One of her most well-known compositions, Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai was first performed by the men of Halau O Kekuhi at the Merrie Monarch Festival in 1977. They wore lei limu kala and took first place! This design applauds and celebrates hula in this 50th anniversary year of the festival and recognizes this famous composition of Aunty Edith Kanakaole.
Today we fancy it up a little - just so we can talk style, life, and print - in today’s terms! The collar frames the iwilei and the poʻo, the sleeve caps the shoulder, and the length is just enough to cover the beachwear. We invite you to bring your attitude: walk deliberately, lift that chin, shake that head of hair loose…. Wear it with tights. Keep your jeans on. May everything bloom in your wake!
55% Linen, 45% Cotton. Studio Model is wearing size XS.