This is a hand silk-screened eggplant purple ‘ohe kapala with pale pink kāhuli overprinted on mint green cotton/polyester blend fabric. This short-sleeved pullover Aloha Shirt features a 3-button closure, collar, side vents, and left chest pocket for a contemporary untucked look. The myth of the kāhuli shells has long inspired traditional Hawaiian chants called ‘mele.’ One chant called “Kāhuli Aku” is a delightful story of tree snails singing to golden plovers, asking them to bring the snails a drink of water. Passed down over generations, “Kāhuli Aku” has now been set to music and is a popular children’s song.
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