Ahukai | Kahikiku | Upena - White

Sale price Price $100.00 Regular price $0.00

The go-to garment of the modern wahine, the Ahukai tunic delivers everything you want: a tailored and professional look, a roomy fit that can be tightened with a simple knot, and generously sized pockets to fit the essentials. Super versatile, you can wear it to work over pants or a skirt, by itself as a dress, or to the beach over your suit.

100% cotton | Buttons at cuffs | Aina-friendly dyes & inks | Designed in Hawaii, made in the USA

A slimmer and shorter cut than our All Aloha Ahukai. 

Hawaiians made a large variety of fishing nets and net-making itself was a true art. Sewn with fine cordage made from the fibers of the endemic olona (Touchardia latifolia), the size and shape of a net depended on the type of fishing it would be used for. The maka (the “holes” that make up the net) were partially determined by the type of fish that would be caught. The upena hoolei, or throw net, was the inspiration for this shirt, but it is just one of many types of nets Hawaiian nets including bag nets, bordered nets, and scoop nets. If you look closely, you will see the tiny phrases: E hoolei aku (Toss it out) and E hoolako mai (supply me with all I need). Our kupuna taught us to take only what you need for your family and to share with those around you. Many elders express sadness about the dawn of the commercial fishing era and the burden it has placed upon our marine resources. Throw net fishing for “home use” is still an important source of food for many Hawaiians today, but declining fish populations and other marine issues pose a threat to this important cultural practice.