Pōpolo | Mini skirt
Worn as high waist or folded over | Form fitting (consider sizing up) | Cotton & lycra | Designed in Hawaiʻi nei | Made in the USA
He kahuna lāʻau lapaʻau ʻo Kamakanuiʻāhaʻilono i hele mai ma hope o kekahi mau kānaka no Kahiki mai nāna i lawe mai i nā maʻi hou i Hawaiʻi nei. Na lākou lā ka make, na ia nei nō hoʻi ke ola. Iā ia nei e huakaʻi hele ana ma Hawaiʻi moku, hiki akula i Kiolakaʻa, he ʻāina mahiʻai no ke aliʻi, no Lono. Nānā akula ʻo Kamakanuiʻāhaʻilono i ke aliʻi a ʻike akula i kona kūlana maʻi, haʻi akula i kekahi mahiʻai. I lohe aku ka hana a Lono, wela ana kona huhū. Kaʻikaʻi aʻela ʻo ia i ka ʻōʻō, hoʻowahāwahā i ka ʻōlelo a ke kanaka, a i kona pahu hou ʻana i lalo, ua kū kona wāwae, puka ka ʻōʻō i lalo o ke kapuaʻi, a kaheāwai ke koko. Maʻule ihola ʻo Lono a holo akula nā kānaka, alualu ma hope o Kamakanuiʻāhaʻilono. Nonoi akula lākou e hoʻi mai ʻo ia, kōkua i ke aliʻi. Ma kona hoʻi ʻana mai, pūʻili pū ʻo ia i ka hua ʻōpiopio a me ka lau o ka pōpolo i loko o kona kīhei. Kuʻikuʻi ihola ʻo ia me ka paʻakai, wahī akula i ka ʻaʻa niu, a kau ihola ma ka wāwae ʻeha o Lono. Ia pō a ao aʻe, pau ke kahe ʻana o ke koko. I loko o ʻelua a ʻekolu paha pule, kū a hele ʻo Lono. Ia wā, haʻalele akula ʻo Kamakanuiʻāhaʻilono no kekahi ʻāina. Iā ia e nanea ana i ka hele, ʻimi akula ʻo Lono iā ia me ka hōʻike aku i kona haʻalele ʻana i ka mahiʻai a me kona ʻiʻini e aʻo i ka lāʻau lapaʻau. Wahi a ua Kamakanuiʻāhaʻilono nei, “Hāmama mai kō waha.” Kuha akula ʻo ia i loko o ka waha o Lono a i komo aku ka hāʻae, komo pū akula ka ʻike. Ua kapa ʻia kona inoa ʻo Lonopūhā (no ka ʻeha o kona wāwae) a lilo aʻela ʻo ia ka haumāna lāʻau lapaʻau mua o Hawaiʻi nei.
One of the most powerful plants in our culture, pōpolo is rooted deep in our history. Farmer chief Lono put his ʻōʻō (digging stick) through his foot and was healed with pōpolo. He then became Lonopūhā, the first student of lāʻau lapaʻau (healing arts). Pōpolo is also used for coughs, burns, broken bones and more. Crushed leaves are placed on a baby’s manawa (fontanel) to keep it from closing too soon, as babies are fed both physically and spiritually through this opening. (Pōpolo is a very strong lāʻau, so seek the advice of experienced practitioners). Of the four native species of pōpolo, Solanum americanum was likely the most widely used. Hinihini (cooked pōpolo greens) was a staple vegetable and was even dehydrated to take on voyages (pīkaʻo pōpolo). A great voyage to Kahiki brought food plants back to Hawaiʻi after Haumea, angered by the kidnapping of her granddaughter, took all food and returned to Nuʻumealani. She left only kī and pōpolo for her attendants on Maunawili, foods they shared with others during this great famine. Voyagers used the term “moana kai pōpolo” for the deep dark ocean, a reference to the deep purple of the ʻolohua (pōpolo berries). We celebrate this beautiful ocean reference along with the use of the word pōpolo to refer to dark skin. The most precious offerings to the akua were always those of a dark or black color, reminding us of our connection to pō, the generative darkness that creates our universe. The endemic & endangered Solanum nelsonii is the species featured in this design. Ola mau ʻo Lonopūhā - Lonopūhā lives on through healing.