This Buttonup Aloha Shirt features our Ka Uluwehi o Ke Kai print on Banana Pepper fabric with Pickle ink.
Aunty Edith Kanakaʻole penned this mele during one of her trips to the Temple in Lāʻie. The scent of līpoa seaweed found on the beaches was a memorable aspect of the drive from Kāneʻohe to Lāʻie. 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 appear in this design depicting līpoa, ocean currents, kūpeʻe, and the eyes of a fishnet.
One of Aunty Edithʻs most well-known compositions, Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai was first performed by the men of Hālau O Kekuhi at the Merrie Monarch Festival in 1977. They wore lei limu kala and took first place! We applauded and celebrated hula in the 50th anniversary year of the festival and recognized Auntyʻs famous composition.
Inspired by the ivy-league shirts of the early 1900s, the fabric designs are pure Hawai‘i, and the look is pleasingly fresh. The Buttonup 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!