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DSHI-1042

‘A‘ali‘i Navy Blue Cover Up

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This ‘A‘ali‘i Navy Blue Cover-Up from David Shepard Hawaii is available at Pop-Up Mākeke and is a midi-length cover-up that features a limited-quality print. It has hand-drawn fabric print illustrations that are designed, cut, and sewn in Hawai'i on imported fabric.

It is made with draping 100% Tencel, a sustainably made eucalyptus-based fabric. Tencel is a fiber that is intended as a silk substitute that is derived from wood pulp. It is a natural fabric in the same family as Modal that is more breathable and soft than cotton. It is a luxury eco-fabric that is made in a closed-loop cycle from sustainably grown eucalyptus. There is no plastic, polyester, or cotton used here. It is, instead, an all-natural sustainable wood pulp fiber with a luxurious silky texture. 

This cover-up is extremely versatile. You can use it as a beach cover-up, wrap-around skirt, scarf, shawl, or anything you can think of. It will add a pop of color to any wardrobe and is sure to impress. You can also gift this beautiful cover-up to a friend or family member in your life who is a fashionista. It is comfortable, stylish, and perfect for any occasion! 

Features: 

  • Material: 100% Tencel
  • Sizes Available:
  • Designed, cut, and sewn in Hawaii 
  • Note:The model is wearing a size small

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. ‘A‘ali‘i is known for its strength, proverbially referred to as ‘a‘ali‘i kū makani, which means “‘a‘ali‘i standing in the wind.”  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.

Yet, its strength and beauty are eclipsed by its fast ability to hold space in unsheltered landscapes. These qualities make it an ideal forest regenerator. It quickly forms a canopy, providing shelter to other plants and animals from the wind.

‘A‘ali‘i demonstrates an important Hawaiian value, pairing humility with the strength to protect and nurture those around you.