This Na Lau Ulu Aloha Shirt features our Kukuilani print on Overcast fabric with Fog and Dove ink.
Fronting our store at Kaipalaoa Landing, Downtown Hilo, the kukui tree has been a source of inspiration from day one. This Kamapuaʻa variety has leaves resembling the face of the pig-god, Kamapuaʻa.
Our graphic designer Cody Welsh was inspired looking up into its branches and its crown. Each leaf having its own character, stands alone, contributing to the overall effect.
We have gathered the kukui nuts to make ʻinamona. The bark gives us a dark dye. The leaves make a wonderful lei hipuʻu. Enlightenment, indeed, from our heavenly kukui tree!
Six years ago I met Mr. Shiraishi from OJI Fibre, discussing the use of paper yarn to create an eco-friendly aloha shirt. The fibers of the Abaca are lightweight, porous, and contain a rich amount of oxygen. Fast growing, the plant has a high carbon dioxide absorption potential, is non-toxic when incinerated, and biodegradable. It is really a dream plant for clothing! The natural fibers grow well in Ecuador and the Philippines and are then shipped to Japan to produce the wonderful blend of Abaca 46%/Cotton 54%.
Through studies over the past years, OJI Fibre is now producing an environmentally friendly fabric called OJO+ that is mild to the skin, soft to the touch, and will cool the body when temperatures rise. The fibers are water resistant to both fresh and salt water, but the fabric is machine washable and dries quickly. This wonder fabric is woven, printed, cut and sewn in Japan.
Each stitch is sewn with pride and integrity. Every garment is inspected multiple times, wrapped individually, and shipped to Hilo. We introduce this collection as a positive step towards changing the manufacturing process of our clothes.
We invite you to partake and join us in this years journey of mālama ka honua! -Sig
Studio Model wearing size S.