This Kahanu Dress features our Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai design on Seascape fabric with Sky 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.
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.