This Buttonup Aloha Shirt features our Panepoʻokehakeha print on Raisin fabric with Doeskin ink.
We feature a design by a Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu graduate, Laukeha Helekahi-Kaiwi. For her senior project she spent time in our design department SZ Kaiao learning our aesthetic and Makawalu design process. She put together a presentation for her senior project that culminated with this design, Panepoʻo Kehakeha.
Here she shares her perspective and design story!
“This design is dedicated to my class, the Class of 2017 of Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu. It is inspired by the achievements and the knowledge that has been instilled in us, and symbolizes how we incorporate what we have learned into our lives now and in the future. There are four particular elements that complete this design: the Ihe Laumeki, the Kukui nut, the Hilo braid (ti-leaf braid), and the mountains. Each element has its own significant meaning. The Ihe symbolizes Nāwahī, and how we should always give our all in everything. The Kukui nut symbolizes knowledge and enlightenment. The Hilo braid represents everything we have learned, all woven together to use in the future. And lastly the mountains. It doesn’t matter how far we are from each other, we will always be connected to our piko, our home.”
- Laukeha Helekahi-Kaiwi
Inspired by the ivy-league shirts of the early 1900s, the fabric designs are pure Hawai‘i, and the look is pleasingly fresh. The Buttondown is an open front, tapered shirt with a full length placket, while 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!