Kinolau Kanaloa Kēwai Dress

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This Kēwai Dress features our Kinolau Kanaloa design on Charcoal fabric with Graphite 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 puaʻa . “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.

Kēwai is a moisture laden wind known in the Hilo area.  This sheath dress is the knee-length version of our popular Makaniʻoluʻolu, known for its bias cut, and features a keyhole closure at the back. The drape of this linen/rayon blend fabric will enhance the silhouette.


55% Linen, 45% Rayon. Model is wearing size XS.

Collections: Dresses, Women


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