This Kahanu Dress features our Pepeʻeuhola design on Balsam fabric With Lighthouse and White ink.
The endemic tree fern, hapu'u, is an image associated with Kilauea Volcano forests. It is also an icon of an era when gardens of anthuriums were planted in Ka'umana, Pahoa, and Mountain View areas (before the shade cloth was invented). The image of unfolding fronds is a symbol of being receptive and open, as the mind. It is also representative of budding, figuratively a baby or a child. There are two words that make up the name. Pepe'e means rolled up, as young fern leaves. 'Uhola is a term used to unfold, spread.
This design layout was done by Kauilanui. It was our first fabric collaboration only because I sat next to him and talked story while he moved the mouse. The name given to the design is reflective of Kauilanui for he is a child budding forth, open and receptive!
Malie Rea wanted to create a special dress to attend the wedding of Leiola Garmon and Tony Mitchell at Kūhiō Hale in Waimea. She took former styles and tweaked them to fit her, and thus the Kahanu dress was born! A simple style was created that features the best of the feminine side. A round, open neck frames these unique features: the neck, collarbone, a hint of the nape. The cap sleeve alludes to a cover-up and the long and close-to-the-body fit gives hint to her shape. I named the style after Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole's wife, Chiefess Elizabeth Kahanu Kaʻauwai. The princess lines of the dress gave another reason to name this style after the princess.
Fabric is machine-washable 100% cotton broadcloth. Sizes XS - XL.
Model is wearing a Size Medium Dress.