This Pullover Aloha Shirt features our Pāʻū o Palai print on Cocoa fabric with Melon and Aloe ink.
In the story of Pele and Hi'iaka, the first recorded hula takes place at Hā'ena, Kea'au. As the sisters are relaxing at the beach, Pele falls asleep and travels to Hā'ena on Kaua'i to be with Lohi'au. For three days and three nights Pele continues to sleep.... Upon her awakening, she asks her sisters to dance for her. It is Hi'iakaikapoliopele that obliges. Her friend Hōpoe taught her the hula, Ke Ha'a Lā Puna I Ka Makani. “Puna Dances in the Wind!”
Soon after, Pele asks her youngest sister to fetch her lover Lohi'au on Kaua'i, Pele gives her some tools for protection as she knows the journey will be dangerous. The Pāʻū O Palai, a skirt of ferns, is one of these tools. Made of pala'ā ferns, Hi'iaka used this tool to defend herself against the many enemies of the Pele clan.
This design of the pala'ā, along with the hand-written chant, takes us to Hā'ena, at Kea'au, and we relive the first hula! Hula le'a wale i kai o Nanahuki e! “Dancing happily in the sea of Nanahuki!”
Inspired by the ivy-league shirts of the early 1900s, the fabric designs are pure Hawai‘i, and the look is pleasingly fresh. The Pullover features a half placket and is designed slightly wider to allow over-the-head dressing with ease. Coconut buttons are featured on the stand-up, button-down collar and on the front placket. Tuck it in or leave it out over the trousers for a more casual look. Either way, it's the perfect touch of crisp aloha!