This Pullover Aloha Shirt features our Kinolau Kanaloa print on Sable fabric with Mint ink.
During ritual meals, the banana leaf is our tablecloth, providing a shield to protect the ceremonial foods. At the imu, the leaves help with the steaming of the pua’a. “He mai’a ke kanaka” refers to its substitution for man in certain ceremonies. Mai’a is the body form on land for kanaloa, the god of oceans. Bananas grew abundantly alongside Waiolama at Piopio. Rainfall at Hilo is heavy at times, overflowing the banks of Waiolama, nourishing the mai’a. this study of leaves took place there, just back of the soccer fields now fronting Hilo One.
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!