Kolowalu Dress Bordeaux Kapalaiwenaʻula

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This Kolowalu dress features our Kapalaiwenaʻula design in Bordeaux and Sangria.

ʻIliahi Paredes had requested to use the palapalai design for the hōʻike of his first class.  This is my gift to him. The translation of this name speaks of a special red tinge found on some fronds.  But this name also speaks of a close relationship for I have known ʻIliahi for many years.  This fern is kinolau to Laka, a sacred plant for the hula kuahu, and is dedicated to Hiʻiakaikapoliopele.

Our shirtdress is a style that might answer the question, “if the aloha shirt is for the men, what would be for the wahine?”

Here we offer our latest kaila:  Kolowalu.  Sharp, simple, and office ready, our shirtdress reveals its origins from the guy`s pullover shirts.  But the feminine attributes of back darts, the soft stand-up collar, and half-sleeve with a roll-up cuff, definitely makes a tailored statement.

Kolowalu is an ʻili on the eastern side at the back of Mānoa Valley.  A name somewhat forgotten as “Woodlawn” has totally eliminated its use.

Collections: Dresses, Women

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Size Chart

33-35 in 

85-89 cm 

36-38 in

97-97 cm 

39-41 in

99-104 cm 

42-44 in

107-112 cm 

45-47 in

114-119 cm 

49-51 in

124-130 cm 

52-55 in

132-140 cm 

Women  XXS  XS  S  M  L  XL  2XL  3XL

34.5 in

88 cm 

35.5 in

90 cm 

36.5 in

93 cm

38 in

97 cm 

39 in

99 cm 

40.5 in

103 cm

42.5 in

108 cm 

44.5 in

113 cm 


26.5 in

67 cm 

27.5 in 

70 cm 

28.5 in

72 cm 

30 in

76 cm 

31 in

79 cm 

32.5 in

83 cm 

34.5 in

88 cm 

36.5 in

93 cm 


39 in

99 cm 

40 in

102 cm 

41 in

104 cm 

42 in

107 cm 

43 in

109 cm 

44.5 in

113 cm 

46 in

117 cm 

48 in

122 cm