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‘A‘ali‘i Navy Cap Sleeve Blouse

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This ‘A‘ali‘i Navy Cap Sleeve Blouse from David Shepard Hawaii is available at Pop-Up Mākeke and is designed, cut, and sewn in Hawai'i on imported fabric. 

This blouse has a keyhole coconut button closure in the back center seam. The fabric print illustrations are hand drawn, and the blouse has a limited quantity of this print. 

This beautiful women's shirt is made with draping 100% Tencel, which is a sustainably made eucalyptus-based fabric. The Tencel is a fiber that is intended as a silk substitute derived from wood pulp. It is a natural fabric in the same family as Moal that is more breathable and softer than cotton.

No plastic, polyester, or cotton was used in the creation of this shirt. Instead, you can enjoy this all-natural sustainable wood pulp fiber with a luxurious silky texture. This women's blouse would look great with any pair of jeans, work pants, leggings, or a skirt! With this blouse, you can create the perfect sophisticated outfit, and will help you dress to impress!


  • Material: 100% Tencel
  • Care Instructions: Machine washable and dry on a gentle setting. 
  • Note:The model is wearing a size small. The sizes run big.

The Story Behind The Design

The ‘A‘ali‘i (Dodonaea viscosa) is a native Hawaiian shrub that grows in dry environments around the world. It is a favorite on the islands for its beauty, cultural significance, and role in conservation. The shrub has the ability to withstand strong storms and wind gusts by bending and not breaking.

Found most commonly in dry, windy, open landscapes, it is easily overlooked until it blooms. Once covered in eye-catching papery seed pods, you can’t help but notice their beauty. The seed pods come in a range of colors, from magenta to lime green. They are a favorite for lei-making.