This Kaʻalāʻiki Dress features our E Ola Koa design on Caribbean fabric with Bahama Blue and White ink.
I ka hoʻokēwai ka lau koa
Ola ka mole
When the koa leaf drips
The tap root lives.
This ʻōlelo noʻeau was gifted to us by Aunty Pua Kanahele at the request of Kūhaʻo. Inspired by her telling us of the self-sustainability of the koa tree, he created this combination of rain falling amidst koa branches. Tiny koa seedlings grow to become the largest tree in Hawaiian forests. When young, delicate true leaves grow. As the tree gets older, enlarged flattened petioles or (leaf stems) (assume their distinct curved shape. The name implies "growing one's roots strong and firm; only then will you be able to care for all neighbors." The curved shape of the koa leaf petiole helps to condense moisture from the air and directs it to fall under its canopy. This encourages growth, and at the same time provides a nurturing environment. The understory beneath a koa is known to be one of shelter, allowing all to be safe and healthy. E Ola Koa! Live as a koa tree!
Kaʻū is the largest and southernmost district on the island of Hawaiʻi. The ahupuaʻa of Kaʻalāiki have several puʻu, attracting water to the area. ʻĪmakakāloa, a heiau dedcated to hula, is located there and has views of Honuʻapo to Halemaʻumaʻu.
This Kaʻalāiki, sleeveless and at-knee-length dress, is tailored for daily life in paradise! East button-up front, fitted bodice and a button-down collar, readies you for the Farmers Market,
shopping at Ala Moana, or teaching your next class.
Just as our men have their “Aloha Shirts”, the Kaʻalāʻiki our “Aloha Dress” will suit a Monday through Thursday schedule and then for Aloha Fridays.
In other words, this is the 24/7 piece! Live it up! We are in paradise!
100% Cotton Model is wearing size S.