This Long Sleeve Buttondown Aloha Shirt features our Maluihi design on Periwinkle fabric with Windsor and Sky ink.
"Boy, you know who weaved that pāpale?"
Attending a Papakū Makawalu a few years back, I got pulled aside and in a firm kupuna voice it was Aunty Maluihi asking me if I knew who had woven my hat. She proceeded to describe the piko and her personal signature of my pāpale. As a gift from my Aunty Michele, it was already my favorite hat and now getting a personal description from Aunty Maluihi who wove the pāpale, it became a treasure! As if my perception of this hat couldn't get any higher, towards the end of that day Aunty pulled me aside again and said "You look good in that pāpale! Iʻm gonna name that style 'Kūhaʻo'". On the inside I died in excitement and as I put my thoughts back together I humbly told her, "Mahalo Aunty!" This design was inspired by the pāpale Aunty wove and the details she shared with me. This is a featured design at the Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona conference.
Early television helped set style. The images that came across the screen were the most vivid of life outside of our islands. Subliminally, the clothes that Hollywood dressed the actors and actresses continue to affect my creativity today.
Charleston Heston, Paul Newman, and Clint Eastwood wore long sleeve shirts. But it was what they did with the sleeves that stuck! Their rolled cuffs, just below the elbow, made it different - and cool. Pulling the rolled cuff above the elbow made another statement: getting down to business…
Nowadays, long sleeves are always in my suitcase. Plane rides are often cold, evenings brisk, and you never want to be “under dressed.” Weekly meetings are comfortable. I am protected from the blazing, sunny afternoons in Kona.
Our long sleeve aloha shirts just got an update! We slimmed out the sleeves (so they are not too “pirate looking”, mahalo ITO). Still trimmed out with our signature coconut buttons. Still hand printed in Honolulu…
Model wearing size XL