This Mohalu Dress features our Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai design on Ocean fabric with White ink.
Aunty Edith Kanakaʻole penned this mele during one of her trips to the Temple in Lāʻie. The scent of līpoa seaweed found on the beaches was a memorable aspect of the drive from Kāneʻohe to Lāʻie. The love of limu and its many characteristics is an important part of life on an island. Elements of a life spent near the ocean appear in this design depicting līpoa, ocean currents, kūpeʻe, and the eyes of a fishnet.
One of Aunty Edithʻs most well-known compositions, Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai was first performed by the men of Hālau O Kekuhi at the Merrie Monarch Festival in 1977. They wore lei limu kala and took first place! We applauded and celebrated hula in the 50th anniversary year of the festival and recognized Auntyʻs famous composition.
Today we fancy it up a little - just so we can talk style, life, and print - in today’s terms! The collar frames the iwilei and the poʻo, the sleeve caps the shoulder, and the length is just enough to cover the beachwear. We invite you to bring your attitude: walk deliberately, lift that chin, shake that head of hair loose…. Wear it with tights. Keep your jeans on. May everything bloom in your wake!
55% Linen, 45% Rayon. Model is wearing size XXS.