This pareu features our Kīpuka Kī print on White fabric with Sour Apple and Sprout ink.
There on the slopes of Mauna Loa is one of our favorite places. Old growth continues just like it has for hundreds of years. Tallest koa, awesome maile, rare hau kuahiwi, and so much more. The ti leaves are kind of mana-full. The stands are remnants of ages past. This pareu layout commemorates those special stands.
Forty years have gone by since making that first pareu. The two-yard piece of fabric continues to be an important item in life with countless uses. In addition to wrapping the body, the function of the pareu is unlimited. Covering tables, walls, babies, surfboards, and hundreds of other things, the pareu is a favorite go-to. Waving in the breeze, blocking the sun, or hanging over the branch next to a pond, the pareu continues to be an important piece in my life.
Hand printing them here in Hilo is how I started this whole biz. One by one, silk-screening them in the patio. Although it is now hand printed in Honolulu, the method is basically the same. The design is printed, every twenty-four inches, on thirty yard lengths of fabric. 100% cotton fabric with water-based inks is our formula. We then cut it up into two yard pieces and sew up the edges.
Wanting to offer a single, large formatted design on a very soft fabric, we began to search for a new source. Almost a year later, we have the new pareu collection printed with one large screen and on nice soft 100% cotton fabric, washed to our specs. Introducing Kīpuka Kī, ʻIʻiwipōlena, and Kula Pae, we feature the latest pareu art!