Hāli'i Maile | Wahine Aloha Shirt - brown

Sale price Price $110.00 Regular price

100% Organic lightweight cotton | Longer capped sleeve* | ʻĀina-friendly dye methods | Designed in Hawaiʻi | Made in the USA

Each piece is unique in its art placement. 

Wahine Aloha Shirt Uala Kihi Po'ohiwi Umauma Lō'ihi*
Hāliʻi Maile Bicep Shoulders Chest Back Length
S 15" 18.5" 45" 24.5"
M 15" 19.25" 46.5" 26.5"
L 15.5" 20.5" 49" 27.5"
XL 16" 21" 50" 28.5"
2XL 16.5" 21" 53.5" 29.5"
3XL 17" 21.5" 54" 30.5"

Model is wearing a medium. *Please note we have freshened up this cut. The sleeves are longer and the front and back hems is the same length.

Haʻinakolo lived a life full of challenges and adventures that was made even more colorful by her younger siblings, the famous Maile sisters: Mailelauliʻi, Mailelaunui, Mailekaluhea, Mailepākaha, and Mailehaʻiwale. The unique qualities and abilities of each came to the fore when Haʻinakolo needed help. Occasionally, they were called on to beautify or impress, like the time when Mailelauliʻi, Haʻinakolo, and others were en route to Kuaihelani, but stopped on Oʻahu to play pūhenehene (a stone-hiding game). This likely annoyed Keaumiki and Keaukā, who were trying to deliver Haʻinakolo to Keāniniʻulaokalani. But chiefesses will do as they please, and she fancied a visit with Oʻahu’s royalty. After a friendly competition with Kahuailana, the island’s most famous beauty, Haʻinakolo mā were invited to an ʻaha ʻaina (feast). They happily agreed and insisted that they’d take care of the “lānai ʻaha ʻaina” (feast tent) under which the party would take place. After some discussion, they took a single hair from Mailelauliʻi’s head and over it their aunty uttered a special prayer (flip to read). Then they stuck one end of this strand into the earth at the base of a kou tree. It immediately began growing into a luxuriant blanket of maile, spreading over the surrounding kou trees and forming a malu (shady protection) for the folks attending the party. Oʻahu’s people watched in awe as the maile covered the feast grounds “like a fine pāwehe mat woven by skilled hands,” a gift by which they’d always remember their illustrious visitors from Waipiʻo. He hāliʻi ʻala, he moena pāwehe. A fragrant covering, a finely patterned mat.

E ka maile kū i ke awakea,
E ka maile hihi i ka lāʻau,
Maile aliʻi kū i ka wao.
ʻO kō kino lau, e ulu.
E poʻi i ke kahua nui, i ke kahua iki.
E hohola nā lālā, e muʻo, e liko–
E lau ka lau, e hihi a paʻa,
I malumalu hale no Kū a me Hina.
ʻO Hina i ka wai lele ʻo Hiʻilawe,
Lawe aʻe ou mau kino lau a paʻa;
Ka maile lau nui, ka maile lau liʻi,
Ka maile kaluhea, ka maile pākaha,
A me [ka] maile haʻi wale.
ʻO Haʻihaʻilauāhea,
ʻO Haʻi hana maile o ka wao,
ʻO kō kino nei lā, e ulu.


Maile that appears at midday,
Maile that spreads over the trees,
Regal maile that stands in the forest,
Your body forms, let them grow,
Grow over the large grounds, the small grounds,
Branch out, bud forth, and grow leaves,
A plenitude of leaves, a dense entanglement,
To form a shady house for Kū and Hina,
Hina of the Hiʻilawe waterfall,
Bring your many forms to make it solid;
The large leaf maile, the small leaf maile,
The fragrant maile, the stout leaf maile,
And the tender maile,
O Haʻihaʻilauāhea,
Haʻi who generates maile in the forest,
This body of yours, let it grow!