This Buttonup Aloha Shirt features our Kekaulanākiʻi print on White fabric with Iron, Orange, and Rich Red ink.
This design features two elements: lehua and koaʻe. ʻŌhiʻa lehua is the first tree to colonize new lava fields, and is the most abundant and widespread native tree in the Hawaiian islands. In poetry, lehua is synonymous with children or people. A “forest of lehua” often poetically refers to a multitude. Koaʻe, a familiar sight in the islands are often found soaring at Halemaʻumaʻu and so are nicknamed the “crater bird”. These seabirds nest on sheer cliffs and feed at the ocean. The koaʻe symbolizes a strong family because it returns home daily to care for its young. Combined, lehua and koaʻe are representative of our people. Successful rooting of ʻōhiʻa in new lava is likened to creating a firm foundation, and as koaʻe leave the nest and return, our people also leave home and always return to care for their ʻohana and their ʻāina.
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!
100% Cotton, Studio model is 5'11" and wearing a size M.