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Pāʻū O Palai Mōhalu Dress - Teal

$130.00 USD

This Mōhalu Dress features our Pāʻū O Palai print on Teal fabric with Honeydew ink.

In the story of Pele and Hiʻiaka, the first recorded hula takes place at Hāʻena, Keaʻau. As the sisters are relaxing at the beach, Pele falls asleep and travels to Hāʻena on Kauaʻi to be with Lohiʻau. For three days and three nights Pele continues to sleep….Upon her awakening, she asks her sisters to dance for her. It is Hiʻiakaikapoliopele that obliges. Her friend Hopoe taught her the hula, Ke Haʻa La Puna I Ka Makani. Puna Dances in the Wind! Soon after, Pele ask her younger sister to fetch her lover Lohiʻau on Kauaʻi. Pele gives her some tools for protection as she knows the journey will be dangerous. The Pāʻū O Palai, a skirt made of ferns, is one of these tools. Made of palaʻa ferns, Hiʻiaka used this tool to defend herself against the many enemies of the Pele clan. 

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% 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.

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