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Koholā Button Up Aloha Shirt - Black

$145.00 USD

This Button Up Aloha Shirt features our Koholā print on Black fabric with Copen and Pewter inks.


“Kuʻu iʻa, nona ka lā.” (My fish, possessor of the sun.)

The koholā, or humpback whales, are one of Hawaiʻi’s most iconic symbols, and yet, we often fail to understand them and their function in our universe with the level of depth that they represent for us as Kānaka ʻŌiwi. As their name suggests, koholā share an intimate relationship with the lā (sun), following the its movement on a cyclical journey each year between the earth’s northern and southern hemispheres. Our kūpuna revered the koholā, as a kinolau of Kanaloa, for their ability to dive to the deep depths of the ocean—gathering nutrients and knowledge from the Pō realm—and then return to the surface where they lele (leap) into the Ao, the realm of Kānaka, making that deep ancestral knoweldge accessible to us.

Throughout Hawaiʻi, a number of places were named for the koholā and their function in the ocean. One of these places is the ahupuaʻa of Koholālele in Hāmākua, Hawaiʻi. This design, created by one of Koholālele’s living descendants, Haley Kailiehu, honors the koholā’s relationship to Koholālele and their function in all of Oceania as cultivators of abundance and recollections of deep ancestral memories. It also honors the ʻohana and caretakers of the ʻāina of Koholālele today, Hui Mālama i ke Ala ʻŪlili (@kealaulili), a non-profit organization who seeks to restore the abundance of this ʻāina and community, today, and in the future.

Inspired by the ivy-league shirts of the early 1900s, the fabric designs are pure Hawai‘i, and the look is pleasingly fresh. 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

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Machine wash cold, delicate cycle.
Hang to dry.
Iron on reverse.
Do not dry clean.

We are more than happy to honor a refund for purchases made online at or from our Flagship Downtown Hilo store if an item is returned to us within 30 days of the original purchase. The item needs to be returned with the original receipt in an unused, sellable condition and with the product tags still attached.

If the item was purchased via our web store, send the item back to us at:

Sig Zane Designs
ATTN: Returns
122 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Please include a note indicating what your expectation is. The cost of shipping for returns to the web store will not be refunded, only the cost of the item(s) plus tax.

Exchange of an item can be processed at any time up to a year after the initial purchase. Inventory moves quickly. If we cannot offer an exact exchange for the same item (in a different size or a similar garment of equal value) a gift card will be issued to be used at a later date. Online gift certificates can be transferred to our Hilo or Sig on Smith locations. Gift certificates issued from our brick and mortar locations can also be transferred but only on weekdays when staff is available to do the transaction via the web.

To expedite the exchange process, please email us at or call our office at (808) 935-9980 to let us know what you are looking for. If we have the item in stock, it will be set aside to guarantee your exchange.


We offer domestic and international shipping options for online orders through USPS, FedEx, and DHL International. Please allow at least 2 - 3 business days for your order to be packed and processed for shipping. The shipping estimates listed at the time of the order are based on when the parcel leaves our premises, not when the order is placed. Please contact your chosen carrier with your tracking information to inquire about the estimated date of arrival and location of your package.

Orders are shipped out Monday-Friday. Orders that come in on Friday after 10am HST will not be processed until the following Monday, even if the request is for overnight shipping.

If you live on Hawaiʻi island and would like to pick up your order at our Downtown Hilo Flagship store, please select the "Local Pickup" option. Please allow 24 hours for us to get your order ready. We will send a notification to you when your order is ready to be picked up. Please have your order number available when you arrive.
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